Shortstop Iglesias returns to action for Red Sox

Shortstop Iglesias returns to action for Red Sox

Shortstop Iglesias returns to action for Red Sox
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias' return to Grapefruit League action Monday featured an outstanding play in the field and no flare-ups for the right groin strain that had kept him out since March 10.

"The groin feels good," Iglesias said after leaving an 8-4 loss to the Twins at the Sox's JetBlue Park. "[On the one play] I just reacted with the ball, it was a bad jump, and I caught it."

Andrew Bailey was pitching in the seventh when Iglesias ranged up the middle, adjusted to a bad bounce and made a glove flip to second for a forceout. Michael Hollimon was at the plate.

"That was special," Bailey said. "He can play some defense, that's for sure. Ball took a funny hop on him and he was able to stay with it and get the out. That was great, definitely saved a first-and-third, or even more than that."

Iglesias went 0-for-3 with an RBI, but said he was pleased with how well he's driven the ball this spring. He said he's only concerned about getting better every day when he's asked about making the big league team.

"I don't know what's going to happen," Iglesias said. "They're going to do the best for my career, for my development."

A lot of the other injuries the Sox are dealing with this Spring Training have hit their outfielders: Ryan Sweeney (left quad) may be available for game action soon, manager Bobby Valentine said Monday. Carl Crawford (left wrist) took 20 swings off the tee as he gradually builds up to live pitching, and is on a throwing program -- the affected wrist is his throwing wrist. Ryan Kalish, who's recovering from offseason left shoulder surgery, is also hitting off a tee and throwing.

Lars Anderson (calf strain) is still limited, Valentine said, after being scratched from Sunday's game.

On the pitching side, right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka (recovery from Tommy John surgery in June) threw live batting practice Monday, while Franklin Morales is slated to pitch in his first Grapefruit League game soon, Valentine said, after Morales had his heart examined and cleared earlier in camp. Morales will not be ready by Opening Day.

"Daisuke threw his batting practice," Valentine said. "[General manager Ben Cherington] thought it was the best batting practice, if he doesn't mind me quoting him, that he's seen him throw in a while. Two pitches that were something other than pretty good."

Lefty Rich Hill, who like Matsuzaka is recovering from a Tommy John operation in June, has thrown live batting practice and could even see Grapefruit League action, Valentine said.

Said Valentine about Hill's workout: "I didn't see it, but I got reports from everyone that he threw very well."