have surgery next Tuesday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.
David Ortiz is on the cover of the latest issue (November 11) of Sports Illustrated with three Boston Police officers. ... Nice SI.com headline: "AL East Hot Stove Preview: Red Sox Threatening To Leave Rivals Behind"
Quintin Berry and Brandon Snyder have both been moved off the 40-man roster and outrighted to Pawtucket. Both players rejected the assignments to AAA, however, and are now free agents.
For Ben Cherington and John Farrell, it's back to work. Farrell: "The game doesn't stop. The baseball calendar doesn't stop just because we played till nearly Halloween. I think we take on this next challenge and look to address it the best we can, and that is, assemble the best team possible, continue to know that we have good young players coming and in time, we're definitely going to be eager to get on the field in Fort Myers again. ... We have to get back to the mindset we took to the field Day 1 with this year and look to build that through the entire season next year."
Ortiz was on the David Letterman Show Monday night. ... Jonny Gomes and a clean-shaven Shane Victorino appeared on Conan O'Brien last night. Other Conan clips here, here, and here.