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Jake Peavy sustains injury to pitching hand

Red Sox righthander Jake Peavy leaves for the day with his pitching hand bandaged.

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Red Sox righthander Jake Peavy leaves for the day with his pitching hand bandaged.

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jake Peavy’s first spring training with the Red Sox got off to a rocky start on Friday when he left JetBlue Park with his right hand heavily bandaged.

Manager John Farrell said Peavy was accidentally struck by a ball during the team’s informal workout.

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“Nothing serious as far as I know,” Farrell said.

Still, Peavy emerged from the clubhouse with his palm and right ring finger wrapped in white tape and his index finger encased in a foam ring separating it from his other fingers.

“It’s nothing. I’m fine,” the righthander said. “Fell off the duck boat.”

On Saturday, he did not have his hand bandaged, and said he might take it easy for a few days but the injury was not serious.

Peavy also said a lot of Red Sox players are “holding out hope” that Stephen Drew will return to the team.

Peavy was 4-1 with a 4.04 earned run average in 10 starts for the Red Sox after being acquired from the Chicago White Sox in a three-team deal completed July 30.

Peavy started three games in the postseason and later purchased the duck boat he rode in the team’s World Series victory parade. It was transported to his home in Alabama to be used on a lake.

If at first

Ryan Lavarnway was the last player off the field after spending extra time working with infield coach Brian Butterfield at first base. A catcher throughout his professional career, Lavarnway is diversifying his defensive portfolio in the hope of gaining more at-bats.

“How’s it going? It’s going,” he said. “My goal is to be effective. It might not be pretty, but I can be effective.”

Lavarnway, 26, was one of the organization’s top prospects in 2011. A power hitter with improving defensive skills, he looked to have a future in the majors.

Lavarnway had a .939 OPS in 2011, splitting the season between Double A Portland and Triple A Pawtucket. The Red Sox promoted him to the majors in August and Lavarnway started the final two games that season.

But Lavarnway has faded in the two seasons since, having hit only 11 home runs in 499 at-bats for Pawtucket. He had a .696 OPS in 50 games for the PawSox last season.

In parts of three seasons with the Red Sox, Lavarnway has hit .208 with five home runs in 269 at-bats.

The Red Sox obtained David Ross to be their backup catcher last season, electing to have Lavarnway return to the minors. Lavarnway was blocked again this winter when the Red Sox signed veteran A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year deal.

The Sox also will have catchers Dan Butler, Blake Swihart, and Christian Vazquez in camp this spring.

Swihart, a first-round draft pick in 2011, is expected to start this season with Portland. The defensively-gifted Vazquez will likely be with Pawtucket along with Butler, a nondrafted free agent who has made an unexpected rise in the organization.

“I realize the situation. If I can help the team playing first base, I’ll do it,” Lavarnway said. “They talked to me about it and we’ll see how it goes.”

Lavarnway has never played the position. The same was true of Daniel Nava a year ago and Butterfield was able to prepare him sufficiently.

“I have the hands for it. It’s going to be about the footwork,” Lavarnway said. “[Butterfield] is a great teacher and I’m listening to everything he says. I’m still a catcher, but this can only help me.”

Almost a full house

Pitchers and catchers officially report Saturday and just about everybody who is supposed to be here is already here. Pierzynski, blue Texas Rangers equipment bag in hand, arrived Friday morning. The only players yet to arrive are Ross, Miguel Celestino, Ryan Dempster, Rich Hill, Koji Uehara, Brayan Villarreal, and Steven Wright. Under major league rules, those players simply need to be in the area on Saturday. Players will take their physicals Sunday and have the first official workout on Monday . . . The Sox will have 57 players in camp once position players report next week . . . Lefthanded reliever Andrew Miller has an arbitration hearing scheduled for Tuesday. Miller filed for a $2.15 million salary with the Red Sox countering at $1.55 million. Miller said he is hopeful of a settlement before the hearing.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @peteabe.
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