To prep for opener, Papi to play first base later in camp

Pitchers may do some hitting as Red Sox begin season in NL ballpark

To prep for opener, Papi to play first base later in camp

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- There are times when David Ortiz can keep his first baseman's mitt stored away in some corner of his locker for a few weeks and not even miss it. But the slugger will work a little more on defense this Spring Training due to a rare scheduling quirk.

The Red Sox open their 2015 season on the road against Philadelphia. For the first three games of the season, Boston won't have a designated hitter.

Ortiz is all but sure to start Opening Day at first base, and probably at least one other game in that series.

Manager John Farrell said that Ortiz will probably get game action at first base "later in camp."

Typically, the Red Sox always deploy the DH for Spring Training road games against National League teams. But Farrell said that some of his starting pitchers might be in the lineup late in camp, in anticipation for possible at-bats in Philadelphia.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.