The Red Sox arrived back in Boston just before 2 a.m. Friday and did not take batting practice on the field before the home opener against the Brewers at 2:05 p.m..
Here are some notes from around Fenway Park:
• Shane Victorino was not spotted at the park early Friday and had been away from the team because of the flu. It appeared he would not take part in the ceremony, according to manager John Farrell.
But Victorino showed up to receive his ring, which he hinted at when he took to Twitter and wrote, “can’t wait to hear the Fenway crowd.”
• Lefty reliever Craig Breslow threw 20 pitches over two-thirds of an inning for Triple A Pawtucket on Thursday night and is scheduled for an inning Friday night.
“I felt fine,” said Breslow, who walked two of the four batters he faced. “Obviously it’s up to [Farrell] but I feel like with one more game I could come back.”
• There are assorted cosmetic improvements at Fenway Park. The elevators were fixed up, along with the dugouts, and the home clubhouse has a new carpet to replace the one soaked with champagne.
The Red Sox even found a sponsor for the home clubhouse, as Brookstone logos were plastered over every locker. In other news, Brookstone filed for bankruptcy on Thursday and is for sale.
• The Sox players all received fitted cowboy hats courtesy of John Lackey, and they have a World Series logo inside. Koji Uehara seemed quite amused. Mike Napoli tried his on and approved.
• The Red Sox had a fairly set outfield last season. Jacoby Ellsbury played center, Shane Victorino was in right, and Daniel Nava platooned with Gomes in left.
Now it’s a bit of a jumble with Victorino on the disabled list and Grady Sizemore restricted physically. The Sox have started five different players in three different combinations in three games.
But Farrell said it’s not too complicated.
“More than anything, we’ve got a number of quality players we can pick from,” he said. “Given the constraints we’re dealing with with Grady and number of games per week that we set out to play [him], we’ve got very good depth to go to.”
Farrell said making a lineup is somewhat easier because Nava can play both corners.
“I think it’s kind of exciting to be able to rotate a number of good players through the lineup,” he said.
Farrell suggested that Sizemore would start again Saturday but maybe not in the day game Sunday.
• The Red Sox are wearing special caps and uniforms Friday. There is gold trim on the logos, lettering, and numbers.
• The Red Sox have used Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara for two days in a row, and Farrell could be hesitant to go three consecutive days, especially in a day game after a night game.