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Xander Bogaerts working out in Arizona for now

Xander Bogaerts believes he has improved his first-step and lateral movement.
Xander Bogaerts believes he has improved his first-step and lateral movement.Jim Davis/Globe Staff/file 2013/Globe Staff

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox manager John Farrell has said several times in recent days how pleased he is with the large number of early arrivals to spring training. There were 26 players on the field Friday, nearly half the camp roster.

But for other players, being somewhere else makes more sense for now.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts has been in Arizona the last two weeks, working out at the EXOS facility there and spending time with second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

Bogaerts, Farrell said, is expected to arrive early next week. Pedroia is scheduled for a few days after that.

The Red Sox encouraged Bogaerts to change his offseason program and he agreed. Last month, Bogaerts said the EXOS program has improved his first-step and lateral quickness.


“Bogie’s right where he should be,” Farrell said. “He’ll be here soon.”

Strong endorsement

It has only been a few days, but Hanley Ramirez likes what he sees in Rusney Castillo, the 27-year-old Cuban who signed with the Sox last season.

“Oh, man, he’s strong,” said Ramirez. “He’s got some pop.”

Ramirez wants to help Castillo adjust to life in the majors.

“I’ve been talking with him a little bit to try and help him out,” said Ramirez. “He’s a great kid. We talk a little bit every day. I told him, ‘Anything you need and that I can help you, just ask me. That’s what we’re here for.’ ”

Castillo seems to be making his way well. He has driven himself to the park each day and is working to learn English.

Starting to throw

Lefthander Wade Miley arrived in camp, joining the four other expected starters. He is scheduled to throw in the bullpen Monday. Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly, Justin Masterson, and Rick Porcello threw Friday. In all, 14 pitchers have arrived . . . Third base coach Brian Butterfield, a dedicated fan of the Patriots, walked in wearing a Julian Edelman jersey. Meanwhile, Rob Gronkowski is vacationing in the Fort Myers area and took in a minor league hockey game in nearby Estero on Wednesday night. Being Gronk, he also played in an on-ice dodgeball game during one of the intermissions.


Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.