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Red Sox pitcher Hill reports with a heavy heart

FORT MYERS — Red Sox left-hander Rich Hill reported to camp Thursday, saying he appreciates an outpouring of support following the death of his son, Brooks, who was less than 2 months old when he died Feb. 24.

"We had a son on Dec. 26 and he was born with multiple issues that we confronted and had to deal with," Hill said.

"Unfortunately, he succumbed. He's passed. He taught us a lot of things. Unfortunately, things didn't work out."

Hill got to Fort Myers on Wednesday with wife Caitlin and 2-year-old son Brice. He is looking forward to baseball's routine.

"My wife has been extremely strong," he said. "We're going to enjoy our time here and obviously make the most of the opportunity that's here to play baseball.

"Excited to be here, to be playing baseball again, and get back into the normalcy of my profession and to be around a great group of guys and to just take that next step. One-day-at-a-time approach, that's where we're at, to really enjoy every day,'' he said.

Support has helped him through the ordeal.

"Extended family, at Mass General, everybody there has been tremendous," he said. "The doctors, the nurses, and everybody who cared for our son."

manny hopeful: Slugger Manny Ramirez, 41, has set up a training camp at a community park in the Miami area of Hialeah and while he doesn't have a team, he keeps the word "retirement" out of his mind for now. Ramirez has not played in the majors since 2011, with the Rays, when a second suspension for violating the antidoping program forced him to quit baseball. "I just need a team to open the doors," he said. "My qualities are still there, and I just need an opportunity to continue showing that the 'Super Manny' can help a team. For now, I have no team interested, but I'm still working. Maybe I don't have anything this week, but who knows? Maybe next week I could get a call."

athletics: Former Ray Sam Fuld had a home run against the Diamondbacks. Another former Ray, left-hander Scott Kazmir, is scheduled to make his spring debut today against Arizona.

Cardinals: Infielder Matt Carpenter, 28, is nearing agreement on a six-year contract worth more than $52 million, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

cubs: Left-hander Travis Wood had a strong spring debut, striking out three in three scoreless innings against the Indians.

diamondbacks: Right-hander Bronson Arroyo, a former Hernando High standout, was at the team facility after recent treatment for a bulging disc in his back that caused him to miss a start, and appears to be feeling better. He's expected to miss 7-10 days. Manager Kirk Gibson said Arroyo, who last month agreed to a $23.5 million, two-year deal, is on track to start the regular season in his spot in the rotation.

mariners: Former Rays closer Fernando Rodney gave up a run and two hits in his debut but earned praise from manager Lloyd McClendon.

white sox: Cuban defector Jose Abreu hit his first home run against the Royals.

Red Sox pitcher Hill reports with a heavy heart 03/06/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 6, 2014 11:19pm]
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