Tiant hopes to help Cuban pitcher Hinojosa

Luis Tiant, left, and Jim Rice walked on outfield grass on Sunday in Fort Myers.
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Luis Tiant, left, and Jim Rice walked on outfield grass on Sunday in Fort Myers.

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A few notes from Red Sox camp:

• Red Sox legend Luis Tiant is one of the greatest players to come from Cuba. That could make him a bit of a mentor for 28-year-old righthander Dalier Hinojosa, a Cuban in camp on a minor league contract.

Hinojosa is from Isla de la Juventud in Cuba, a few hours from where Tiant grew up.


“He’s a good kid,” said Tiant, who at 73 thinks everybody is a kid. “We had a little talk and we’ll talk some more. I told him I would go watch him throw.”

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Hinojosa will work initially as a starter but could contribute most as a reliever in the majors. He defected a year ago after pitching in the Cuban National League for Guantanamo.

• The Red Sox drew a crowd of 1,400 to their first workout. The crowd last season on the same day was 370.

• A.J Pierzynski twisted his left ankle and skipped some conditioning drills after the workout. Farrell said the team’s plans are for Pierzynski to start 100-110 games with David Ross picking up the rest. “It’s an estimate. That’s the breakdown we saw,” the manager said. “That’s a general estimate.”

• Jake Peavy was scheduled to see a specialist for his bruised right hand before he is cleared to throw. Peavy, who was injured over the weekend, feels improved. “We just want to make sure everything checks out fine,” Farrell said.


• Veteran reliever Francisco Cordero, who was signed to a minor league contract on Sunday, can earn $1 million if he makes the major league team. Cordero could be on the field as soon as Tuesday once he passes his physical.

• Farrell mentioned that Grady Sizemore also would play left field along with center during spring training. There are signs that the Sox may ultimately see Sizemore as more of a reserve outfielder if he makes the team, at least initially.

• Lefthander Rich Hill, who is attending to a family issue, has yet to arrive in camp. The same is true of lefthander Jose Mijares, who is having visa problems leaving Venezuela.

• Jackie Bradley Jr. signed about 100 autographs outside of Field 1 after getting done with his workout.