FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox manager John Farrell expects Shane Victorino to play in his first game early next week. He has been held out to work on strengthening core muscles that bothered him at times last season.
“He’s making solid progress,” Farrell said Friday. “More range of motion in all his activities on the field and is responding very favorably at this point.”
Also, Jake Peavy will throw an extended bullpen session on Saturday, essentially a simulated game without batters. The righthander is recovering from a deep cut on his left index finger and cannot yet catch a ball.
“The wound is healing satisfactorily,” Farrell said. “Given all things considered he’s making good progress with it.”
Peavy is scheduled to pitch a game next week, either Wednesday or Thursday. If he stays on that schedule, Peavy should be able to make the Opening Day roster.
“If my math is right, that gives him four starts here. We’re not going to skip steps but we feel like there is ample time to ramp him up,” Farrell said.
Other notes from Red Sox camp Friday:
• A.J. Pierzynski, who hasn’t played since twisting his left ankle on Monday, is scheduled to start on Saturday night against the Orioles. Farrell said the injury was the result of a few pair of cleats and Pierzynski is now wearing something that fits better.
• Righthander Matt Barnes, who was temporarily shut down with a tender shoulder, has initiated a throwing program.
• The Red Sox will not make their first cuts until after Tuesday’s split-squad doubleheader against the Orioles, Farrell said.
• The Red Sox agreed to terms with 19 players on the 40-man roster with 0-3 year of service times. Such players have no negotiating leverage and generally accept contracts based on a team’s formula.
The Red Sox, like most teams, adjust salaries over the minimum of $500,000 based on service time in the majors. As such, Felix Doubront ($586,000), Daniel Nava ($556,500) and Will Middlebrooks ($540,000) were the highest paid of the group according to WEEI.com.
Brandon Workman ($518,000), Xander Bogaerts ($517,000), Ryan Lavarnway (510,000) and Rubby De La Rosa ($504,000) were on the next tier followed by Alex Wilson ($503,500), Drake Britton ($503,000), Brock Holt ($503,000), Jackie Bradley Jr. ($502,000), Allen Webster ($502,000) and Steven Wright ($502,000).
Bryce Brentz, Dan Butler, Garin Cecchini, Alex Hassan, Anthony Ranaudo and Christian Vazquez received $500,000.