FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox pitchers and catchers have their first official workout Tuesday, and positional players don’t start until Friday. But David Ortiz was in camp Tuesday for the first time, joining Dustin Pedroia, Will Middlebrooks, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Jose Iglesias, Xander Bogaerts, Deven Marrero, Daniel Nava, and others.
Ortiz looked to be moving around just fine.
A few notes from the morning workouts:
• Iglesias, who resides in Miami, said he had no involvement in the controversial Biogenesis Clinic there.
• LHP Craig Breslow, who is being slowed down because of shoulder discomfort, said he felt fine and isn’t concerned. “They’re just being cautious because we have some extra time this year,” he said. “It’s not a problem.”
• New catcher David Ross was impressed with how aggressive the Red Sox were in trying to sign him early in the free agency period. He said Ben Cherington and John Farrell communicated with him often and said how much they valued his team-oriented approach.
“My thing is winning,” Ross said. “Everything else is secondary.”
• OF Alex Hassan has a stress fracture near the arch of his left foot, the result of a foul ball. He is wearing a walking boot and is limited to pool work at this point. He’s hopeful of getting in games before the end of spring training.
• Xander Bogaerts will be here for about two weeks before going to Arizona for a mini-camp with the Dutch national team. Then it’s on to Taiwan for pool play in the World Baseball Classic.
“It’ll be worth it,” he said. “I think I’ll learn a lot. I’m looking forward to it.”
• Remember those clubhouse televisions that Bobby Valentine ordered to show plays being handled fundamentally well? They now show CNN and MLB Network.