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Adrian Gonzalez hopes to make spring debut next week

Mar 8, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

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Adrian Gonzalez took live batting practice earlier today for the second time in the past three days and told Maureen Mullen of that he hopes to make his spring debut sometime next week.

“[Wednesday] I’ll hit again on the field if everything feels good,” he said. “And see how it responds hitting back-to-back days. Right now, the plan is to take it easy on Thursday. I don’t think I’m going to be off, but I’m going to back off and give it a rest so I can start planning out for some kind of game action next week sometime — maybe even earlier, I don’t know. Maybe next week some time.”

And he’s chomping at the bit to get started.

Instead of testing his surgically-repaired shoulder by taking some swings in a “B” game, Gonzalez told Mullen that he plans to move directly from live batting practice to exhibition action. Look out, Grapefruit League hurlers.

The 28-year-old first baseman batted .298/.393/.511 with 31 homers and 101 RBI last season and should thrive calling the hitter-friendly Fenway Park home.

  1. rsnorth - Mar 8, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    Great that AGone is ahead of schedule and eager to get into games. But he champing at the bit, not chomping.

    • bicyclee - Mar 9, 2011 at 10:53 AM

      I’ve regularly heard people say this — it should be champ and not chomp. But according to the dictionary:

      v. chomped, chomp·ing, chomps
      To chew or bite on noisily: a horse chomping oats. See Synonyms at bite.

      v. champed, champ·ing, champs
      To bite or chew upon noisily. See Synonyms at bite.

      Maybe “champing at the bit” was the original phrase, but it seems like either one is correct. As far as I can tell, “champ” and “chomp” are synonyms.

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