Gonzalez gets at-bats in Triple-A game

March, 24, 2011
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-6 in a Triple-A game Wednesday as he keeps working his way back from offseason surgery on his right shoulder.

Gonzalez was the third batter in each of the first six innings against a team of Tampa Bay minor leaguers. He singled three times, scored a run and drove in one. He did not play the field.

"It went well," Gonzalez said. "The shoulder's been feeling really good. I know for [head trainer] Mike [Reinold], it was playing back-to-back. For me, it was more getting my timing down.

"The first couple of days, I was just hitting, just looking for a fastball. And then the last couple of days, I've been trying to actually have at-bats. It hasn't gone too well. So it was good to be able to go up there and try to have at-bats. And then kind of mix it up and be aggressive. It felt good."

Gonzalez has only 16 plate appearances in Grapefruit League games this spring as he continues his rehabilitation and is batting .143. He was held back early in camp as the Red Sox monitored his progress.

The three-time All-Star originally hurt his shoulder while playing for San Diego last May in Houston, diving for a foul ball. He had surgery in October and the Red Sox acquired him in a winter trade with the Padres.

Gonzalez expects to play in most of Boston's remaining exhibition games. It's planned that he'll miss Thursday's game against Florida in Jupiter and Sunday's game against Baltimore in Sarasota.

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