Daily report from Red Sox camp

A daily recap from camp as the Sox prepare for their first exhibition game Thursday.

SATURDAY’S WEATHER: The sun returned to the Fort. It was 60 degrees when the team hit the field, and warmed up a bit from there.

MEDICAL REPORT: Mike Napoli (hips) and David Ortiz (right Achilles’ tendon) will not be ready when games start this week. But both remain on track for Opening Day . . . GM Ben Cherington said the Sox have talked to LHP Felix Doubront about his conditioning and that he has done everything they’ve asked since camp started.


FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING: The Sox did some team defensive work involving bunt plays. For the first day of that, it was crisp. The individual defensive drills were a showcase for Jose Iglesias, whose quick hands had fans murmuring in appreciation.

THUMBS UP: Ortiz is finding his rhythm at the plate. Big Papi launched a series of balls onto the roof of the batting cage beyond right field at Field 3 . . . Andrew Bailey is healthy and looks it. He showed location and velocity during his session of live batting practice . . . Catching prospect Christian Vazquez took charge on the bunt drills like a veteran. Pitchers have said they like throwing to him, too.

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THUMBS DOWN: Junichi Tazawa accidentally hit Jonny Gomes in the shoulder with a pitch during the live batting practice. Gomes shrugged it off . . . Mauro Gomez was struggling a bit during the individual defensive drills, letting a few balls get by him. But he was better in the team segment. The Sox need lefthanded hitters on their bench, and the righthanded-hitting Gomez will have trouble making the team.

AROUND THE BASES: The Red Sox won’t try outfielder Ryan Sweeney at first base, Cherington said. But infielder Pedro Ciriaco will get some time in the outfield during camp . . . After some wavering, minor league righthander Jose De La Torre decided to keep his commitment to play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic . . . Cherington said the intent is to start the season with 12 pitchers. The Sox have carried an extra reliever at times in recent years.

SCHEDULE: The Sox have photo sessions Sunday morning but will hit the field at the usual time of 9:30 a.m. Many of the starters will pitch live BP.


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