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Red Sox, J.D. Martinez have press conference scheduled for Monday

Red Sox, J.D. Martinez have press conference scheduled for Monday

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A week after agreeing to terms and months after the free-agent pursuit began, the Red Sox are set to introduce their slugger, J.D. Martinez. A press conference has been planned for Monday, multiple sources told NBC Sports Boston on Sunday.

Martinez and the Red Sox had to work out contract language because of a medical matter that came up in the standard pre-signing review. There was never a sense the deal was in trouble of falling apart, although the wait created more than a few anxious fans. Medical experts became involved.

Jon Heyman has confirmed that the contract details are expected to remain the same, $110 million for five years.

Jared Carrabis of Barstool Sports (and previously, NBC Sports Boston’s the Baseball Show) first reported Sunday the team was prepared to have a presser.

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Top prospect Michael Chavis out with strained oblique

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Top prospect Michael Chavis out with strained oblique

FORT MYERS, Fla. — As far as prospects go, Michael Chavis is probably the biggest name in Red Sox camp — at least the biggest and newest. Blake Swihart’s been around, so too has, say, Sam Travis.

Chavis, a 22-year-old third baseman and a first-round pick in 2014, is going to be out probably for more than just a few days. Manager Alex Cora said it could be "a while."

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Chavis was in the batting cage on Wednesday when he pulled his left oblique on a swing. Oblique and intercostal injuries often take a long time to recover from.

“I wish I had some information. But it’s kind of seeing what happens day to day,” Chavis said. “Seeing if things get better. Seeing how it feels when we come in every single day. But doing a bunch of treatment, doing as much as I can to get out there as soon as possible. But I don’t really have an exact timeframe yet.

“I’ll say today feels better than it has since it happened. So I’m feeling pretty positive about how it’s going. Every day’s been a little bit better and today was significantly better, working out, running on the elliptical and stuff like that. So I’m pretty positive about how things are going. … As soon as I can, guarantee you I’m going to be out there.”

Chavis said he’s never had this type of injury before. 

“They said that obliques are a little sensitive, [with] baseball being so rotational with throwing and hitting,” he said. “But one of the big things I’m focusing on is, I don’t want it to come back during the season so it would be better to take care of it now then have it come back midseason and have it be a big issue then.”

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Chavis hit 31 homers across two levels last season, High-A and Portland. He batted .282 with a .347 on-base percentage and .563 slugging percentage. This is his first year with an invitation to major league camp.

“When something happens you’re kind of like, you can’t believe it,” Chavis said. “It’s just unlucky, honestly, but I’m looking forward to getting back for sure.”

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MLB free agent camp to play team from Japan, may open doors to media

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MLB free agent camp to play team from Japan, may open doors to media

FORT MYERS, Fla. — At least some of the roughly 30 major league free agents participating in a union-run camp in Bradenton, Fla., are to see game action this week, against a team from Japan. One game is scheduled for Tuesday, sources said. 

The Major League Baseball Players Association has not officially announced any games. The Japanese team was described as a minor league club.

There appears a strong chance at least one game is open to the media. The camp has been closed to almost all media thus far, leaving it in a bit of mystery. USA Today visited the camp, held at IMG Academy, earlier in February.

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Mike Napoli, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kyle Kendrick are among former Red Sox at the camp. The Sox recently signed one of the camp’s participants, Tommy Layne, to a minor league deal. Layne pitched for the Red Sox as recently as 2016.

“There's no end date at this point,” PA head Tony Clark said Saturday when visiting Red Sox camp. “The good thing is, the guys down there are being run through the same type of camp that they would go through here, which means as soon as their phone does ring, they'll hit the ground running, no pun intended. Because they will have acclimated themselves, or would be further down the road of acclimating themselves, for day one. And they know that should their phone ring, and they are given the opportunity. that they have to hit the ground running once they land at camp.”

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