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Lester won't believe Ortiz is retiring until next spring training

Lester won't believe Ortiz is retiring until next spring training

SAN DIEGO -- Most everyone in baseball accepts that this will indeed by David Ortiz's last season, as he's vowed.

Those who see Ortiz and his physical struggles and limitations due to aching feet and suspect heels understand that Ortiz is sincere about his retirement.

But some -- including former teammate Jon Lester -- aren't entirely convinced.

"I still don't 100 percent believe that this is it for him,'' said Lester, now with the Chicago Cubs. "But I'll guess we'll see come next spring training. I'm just happy for him. He's been a part of this game for a long time and been the fact of this game for a long time. I'm sure that wears on you as a person and a family guy like he is.

"I'm sure he's ready to go home, but like I said, I'll believe it come next spring training.''

Even from the other league and with some distance from the Red Sox, Lester is awed by the kind of season Ortiz is having at 40.

"To see the numbers,'' said Lester, "it's pretty amazing what he's still able to do, day in and day out. Really nothing surprises me with David. It's always something. He always pulls out the amazing at the right time. It's fun to watch, as always, with him.''

Lester was teammates with Xander Bogaerts in 2013, and briefly with Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts before departing Boston as the trade deadline in 2014 and has nothing but positives to say about the new core of the Red Sox.

"I didn't really get to be around Mookie too much,'' noted Lester, who was only with the Sox about a month after Betts made his debut. "Obviously, the hype was there. I still keep tabs on those guys and pay attention and what he's been able to do in the last few years is pretty impressive.

"Obviously, we all saw what Xander was able to do (in the 2013) World Series. It's a good group. And I'm really happy for Jackie. He took a hell of a beating there for a couple of years. For him to put in the work and the time and the effort to get where he's at now, I'm sure for him it's very rewarding. It's nice to see. We all know the defensive talent was there, but to see him find his offensive side is awesome.''


Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.

Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.





Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

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Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.

Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.

Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.

The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.

Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.

"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."

Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.

“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”