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For some Red Sox, spring has already sprung

In Florida, JetBlue Park awaits the full contingent of Red Sox personnel in February, although some players are already there.Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Red Sox pitchers and catchers are due to report for spring training on Feb. 18, but a few players have decided to get an early start.

Globe reporter/photographer Stan Grossfeld recently spent some time at the Red Sox’ Fenway South complex in Fort Myers, Fla., and observed catcher Christian Vazquez, infielder Yoan Moncada, and pitcher Matt Barnes working out ahead of the 2016 season. Not even a tornado warning slowed them down as they practiced.

Moncada signed a $31.5 million signing bonus with the Red Sox before the 2015 season. He struggled at times at Single A, committing 23 errors at second base. Considering that Dustin Pedroia is entrenched at second in Boston, it’s possible that the Red Sox could move Moncada to third base or the outfield.


Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada ignored tornado warnings and continued to hit, one-handed, in the batting cage at Fenway South. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Vazquez continues to make his way back after missing the 2015 season following Tommy John surgery. He played for three teams this winter in Puerto Rico for a total of 33 games and had 133 plate appearances, all as a designated hitter. He has been working to build up his arm strength, and will begin to throw to bases once spring training starts.

Sox catcher Christian Vazquez takes soft toss from assistant batting coach Victor Rodriguez in the hitting cage at Fenway South.Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Former Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman is also in Fort Myers. He will be returning to the Pawtucket Red Sox for his second season as hitting coach.

It’s not all sunshine in Florida. Rich Gedman makes a run from the batting cage to the clubhouse at Fenway South after a tornado warning was declared in the area.Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Barnes has struggled on the major league level, but the righty could contend for a roster spot in the bullpen. The Red Sox initially developed Barnes to be a starter, but he finished strong in a September stint as a reliever.

Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes in the batting cages at Fenway South.Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff/Boston Globe

Players have not been the only early arrivals in Fort Myers. Red Sox Truck Day is Feb. 10, but some of the equipment has already arrived in Florida.

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz's pants arrived in the Red Sox locker room at Fenway South. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff/Boston Globe

With New England in the midst of a cold stretch, and a potential snowstorm heading to the area this weekend, an early start at Fort Myers doesn’t seem like a bad idea.


The morning sun reflected off the Green Monster at JetBlue Park. Stan Grossfeld/Globe staff

Meanwhile, work continues to make sure Fenway South is ready when all the Red Sox arrive.

Fog hovers on the practice fields as grounds crews work at sunrise.Stan Grossfeld/Globe staff/Boston Globe

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