Spring training report: Craig Breslow taking it slow

MONDAY’S WEATHER: It was 61 degrees and sunny when the workout started and 75 when the players were finished.

MEDICAL REPORT: RHP Jake Peavy (right ring finger) was not allowed to throw overhand in drills . . . The Sox are holding LHP Craig Breslow back from throwing because of the heavy workload he had last season.


FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING: The pitchers did their usual fielding drills. They fielded comebackers and bunts and worked on covering first base. The position players, who don’t have their first official workout until Thursday, were on Fields 1 and 2 taking batting practice. The infielders also went through drills. The batting practice sessions drew a lot of fans.

THUMBS UP: OF Grady Sizemore, who arrived last week, is responding well so far according to John Farrell, who cautioned there’s been no “heavy lifting” yet . . . LHP Felix Doubront looked strong in the bullpen.

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THUMBS DOWN: The three primary starting pitchers — Clay Buchholz, John Lackey, and Jon Lester — flubbed a few of the comebackers before they settled in.

AROUND THE BASES: Sox legends Jim Rice and Luis Tiant were in uniform and watching the workout . . . Jason Varitek, a special assistant to GM Ben Cherington, was one of the coaches talking to the pitchers about strategies to hold base runners . . . Ryan Dempster’s locker was empty except for a small stack of mail the day after he left the team.

SCHEDULE: The Sox will be back on the field at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Position players also will officially report.


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