FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jake Peavy emerged from the Red Sox clubhouse Monday morning with a white bandage wrapped around his left hand and index finger, the result of a laceration Saturday that required stitches.
The righthander is day-to-day according to manager John Farrell. Brandon Workman started in Peavy’s place against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton Monday and allowed five runs over 2⅓ innings.
To hear Peavy explain it, he was the victim of good intentions.
“Promised my little boys I’d take them fishing,” said Peavy. “Went over to Bass Pro [Shops] and bought them some rod and reels and they were combined. Just tried to cut them, because they were wire-tied, using my knife.
“With my right hand holding the rod, with my left holding the knife, when I broke the wire tab [the knife] just stuck my knuckle pretty good.”
The wound, Peavy said, was on the outside part of the knuckle.
“It was a brand new knife and it was huge as well,” he said. “It was new and big, so it was pretty sterile, but it was pretty sharp.”
Peavy said he struck a vein and bled all over his shorts. He and his boys went to John Lackey’s house, where he discarded the bloody shorts for a new pair.
“It’s a bummer,” Peavy said. “I didn’t think it was that crazy bad to the point where I didn’t seek medical attention that day. We wrapped it up and went fishing. Came back here yesterday and realized we needed to have it stitched up and we needed to take some precautionary measures because we didn’t want to risk infection.”
Peavy said he came to the ballpark Monday wanting to play catch, but the medical staff put a stop to that.
“That’s the biggest thing,” he said. “I could go out and play today if it was a must, but you can’t risk infection and let it sweat right off the bat. You don’t want to get it infected, that’s the reason you hold back a day or so.”
Said Farrell, “We’ll take our guidance from the medical staff as to when he can first initiate some throwing. I do know we have to be careful about how much he sweats. We just have to be cautious with any potential infection that might get in there. That’s kind of what we’re gauging right now.”
The biggest issue will be catching the ball.
“That’s going to be the kicker,” said Peavy. “It’s on a knuckle.
“We’ll figure it out. Get a bigger glove or something. I’m sure they’ll wrap it up and get it to the point where I’ll watch it all the way, like I tell my boys, and make sure the ball goes into the pocket of the glove.”
It was the second finger-related injury for Peavy in a span of two weeks. He irritated his right ring finger when a ball struck his bare hand Feb. 14.
Peavy doesn’t think the latest injury will be a long-term problem.
“I don’t think it’s going to be long at all,” he said. “I’d like to go out there and play catch tomorrow. I want to play catch. I’d like to be able to tell you I’ll be making my next start. Hopefully we can do that and get back on schedule so we don’t mess things up too much.
“We had just got the arm in shape and built up. I threw 46 pitches the other day and was going to be throwing two innings [Monday]. As long as we can get going in the next couple of days, the last thing you want to do is alter someone else’s schedule.”
Peavy was able to laugh off the injury.
“We’ve all done something like that at some point in our lives,” he said. “It was a huge bummer but so blessed it was my left hand. A bummer to miss a start and get off schedule a little.”
To top it off, the fish weren’t biting. But Peavy did keep a promise to 5-year-old Judson Peavy.
“We didn’t catch anything, but I might have got Dad of the Year votes on that one,” he said. “I promised my 5-year-old we’d go fishing and that’s why I didn’t seek attention. We had about an hour before dark. I couldn’t tell my 5-year-old I couldn’t go fishing. It was his last day here.”
Uehara, Tazawa get in
Koji Uehara made his spring debut in the fourth inning and retired the Pirates in order on 14 pitches, 10 of them strikes. He struck out two. Junichi Tazawa followed with a scoreless fifth inning and allowed one hit.
“I did what I wanted to do,” said Uehara. “It doesn’t really count.”
Uehara and Tazawa each pitched in 13 of the 16 postseason games last fall, and the Red Sox are bringing them along slowly in spring training. They won’t pitch again until Friday against the Braves.
Uehara was going to get started even later but he spoke to Farrell and pitching coach Juan Nieves and reached a compromise.
“I had my own opinion and I’m pretty comfortable in communicating my opinion if that need arises,” Uehara said via interpreter C.J. Matsumoto.
Uehara said the effects of the heavy workload in 2013 wouldn’t be known until he starts pitching in the regular season. He said his goal for the coming season would be to better use both sides of the plate.
Uehara joked that the Japanese reporters who covered Monday’s game probably went to see new Yankees star Masahiro Tanaka first.
“I’m not following [Tanaka] right now,” he said.
Lester is slotted
Jon Lester will pitch in a minor league game Wednesday, his first action of the spring. That would line him up to start on Opening Day in Baltimore March 31 . . . Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals in Jupiter will be the first of the spring in which the new replay rules will be in place.