Red Sox spring training report

THURSDAY’S WEATHER: It was 65 degrees and sunny when the Red Sox emerged from the clubhouse and climbed to 75.

MEDICAL REPORT: Jake Peavy (right ring finger) threw in the bullpen for the first time and felt fine. “The discomfort isn’t there and that’s a good thing,” manager John Farrell said. “He’ll probably need a couple of more bullpens before we get to [batting practice]. There’s still plenty of time.”


FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING: The pitchers worked on scooping up bunts with their gloves and shoveling the ball to the plate as if there’s a squeeze play. There also were drills on throwing to bases on balls back to the mound.

THUMBS UP: Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, and John Lackey threw 35 pitches in the bullpen and all looked sharper than they did earlier in the week. Pitching coach Juan Nieves said he was impressed with their command for this early in the spring . . . Shane Victorino, who has not been hitting following thumb surgery, was on the field for a base-running drill.

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THUMBS DOWN: Triple A pitching coach Rich Sauveur drilled soft baseballs at the pitchers to improve their reactions on line drives. Jose Mijares seemed more intent on getting out of the way than catching the ball.

AROUND THE BASES: Chief operating officer Sam Kennedy is recovering from the same kind of hip labrum surgery Alex Rodriguez had in 2009. He had the same surgeon, too, Bryan Kelly in Manhattan. Hopefully he’ll avoid the Biogenesis Clinic . . . General manager Ben Cherington said the Sox have the deepest group of young starters he’s seen in his 15 years in the organization . . . Felix Doubront has taken up golf and had a new set of clubs delivered to the clubhouse.

SCHEDULE: The second full-squad workout is set for 9:30 a.m. on Friday. The pitchers will start throwing live batting practice to the hitters.

Peter Abraham

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