As effective as he's been this year, he's still an unfinished product and he still has a lot of work to do. His further development will dictate when he arrives [in Boston]. ... I saw him last week at Portland and more than ever so before, he was getting early-count outs with his fastball and getting groundball outs, which allowed him to keep his pitch count down.Curt Schilling threw 55 pitches off of a mound today. ... Joel Pineiro was activated from the DL and Jeff Bailey was sent to Pawtucket. ... Brendan Donnelly will pitch an inning for Lowell (A) tonight.
David Ortiz phoned former hitting coach Ron “Papa Jack” Jackson a week ago.
We talked about hitting. He knows me a lot, you know what I’m saying? He saw some highlights of some of the games. He told me exactly what was wrong. He was telling me stuff about my hands. ... He noticed something. But the things he was telling me, so did Mags. I just listened better this time.Hideki Okajima says he voted for himself about 10 times in MLB's online election for the last ASG roster spot.