GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Downplaying the significance of a lower stiff back that has kept him out of the lineup for three days, Alex Rios was scratched from the lineup Monday morning and was on his way to get looked at by a doctor.
"I'll be fine,'' Rios said. "I've had this before in my career. It's just normal, regular [stiffness]. I was working out and it just happened.''
Rios was expected to have an MRI done.
"I'm going to get it checked out. I should be fine,'' he said. "I've had this before, I know the feeling so I don't think there is anything we have to worry about.''
The Sox have three games left in Arizona and two in Milwaukee this weekend in advance of Opening Day on Monday against the Kansas City Royals.
Asked if he needs to play in a game before the opener, he said, "I think I've got a lot of work done. I probably need to do a little maintenance now and then.''