WEDNESDAY’s WEATHER: It was partly sunny and 77 with some humidity.
MEDICAL REPORT: - Daniel Nava (neck) was again limited and didn’t participate in live batting practice. That should happen on Thursday when he’s scheduled to take BP before the games vs. Northeastern and Boston College. Shane Victorino remains behind after thumb surgery.
FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING : More extensive BP on the main field in anticipation of Thursday’s games. Outfielders took more balls off the Green Monster and practiced their relay throws. Mike Carp took more grounders at third base as he learns to play a new position.
THUMBS UP: Carp launched several balls to the wall and off the wall in left-center, going nicely the other way. It prompted Jonny Gomes to say after one particularly strong round, “Great move by Seattle!” referring to the Mariners designating Carp for assignment before dealing him to the Red Sox last March. Carp’s previous team . . . Middlebrooks also launched a few rockets over the Monster in a nice display while Gomes also hit the ball hard . . . Players said assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez is an excellent BP pitcher.
THUMBS DOWN: Ryan Lavarnway is making good headway as a first baseman, but the Red Sox are still discussing ways to bring back his power at the plate. “I’m well aware the extra base power has trended downward,” manager John Farrell said. “And when we sat and met the other day, there’s a feeling that inconsistent play, his home runs probably came in bunches at the minor league level, and when he couldn’t’ have that regular at-bat as he did in the minor leagues, I think it’s harder to catch the upswing and ride the wave a little bit to where those home runs might come in bunches. That’s something that we continually look inward. Is it an approach at the plate? Is there more of a effort to hit for average rather than drive the baseball? And that’s hard to ask a guy to do when he’s not getting every day at-bats.”
AROUND THE BASES: Veteran scout Gary Hughes, now a Red Sox special assistant, is spending a week evaluating the team. Hughes watched all of BP at the main field and will eventually roam to other camps and scout other teams. Hughes has always been considered one of the best talent evaluators in the game . . . Grady Sizemore will get his first live action vs. Northeastern today. Sizemore has made a good impression so far i . . . Pedro Martinez, still hugely popular, signed autographs for what seemed to be an eternity after he came off the field.
SCHEDULE: The Red Sox get their first live action when they face Northeastern at 1 p.m., followed by Boston College in a pair of seven-inning games which will be separated by a half hour. Most of the players will get action in the games. Veterans David Ross and A.J. Pierzynski won’t catch until Friday in the first major league exhibition game vs. the Twins. They will likely start on alternate days from then on.