WEEI has video of David Ortiz's first swings in the cage today. It's worth just listening to for the wonderful thwack of bat meeting ball. Ortiz - who suffered a right Achilles tendon injury last summer - says he is "at about 90%".
Dustin Pedroia insists that the blame for 2012 lies with the players and not ex-manager Bobby Valentine's fault. He also looks forward to playing with Stephen Drew. ... John Henry expressed optimism about the upcoming season. ... John Farrell wants this year's team to be "relentless".
Jon Lester is impressed by the slimmer John Lackey. ... Felix Doubront and Craig Breslow have some shoulder discomfort. ... Clay Buchholz suffered a mild hamstring strain doing some fielding drills today.