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Postcard from spring training

Red Sox are hoping eight is enough

Betts, Bradley, and Ramirez talk J.D. Martinez signing
J.D. Martinez has played only seven games at Fenway Park during his seven seasons in the majors. But his connection to the Red Sox was a strong one.

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Are eight days of practice enough before games start? This year, there’s not much choice.

With the regular season starting March 29, spring training has been compressed and the Red Sox ended up with only three days of full-squad workouts. Today is the final one ahead of tomorrow’s doubleheader against Northeastern and Boston College.

With so many players on the field and the attention paid to signing Eduardo Nunez and J.D. Martinez, it has been hard to get a handle on the Sox. Their top four starting pitchers — Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello and Drew Pomeranz — have yet to throw live batting practice. The infielders haven’t worked together much, either.


I suspect we’ll see some sloppy play early in spring training across the game. Pregame workouts also will take on added importance.

Several readers have emailed to ask who has stood out so far. I wish I had an answer. So far, it’s been a lot of rushing around. But that will start to become apparent soon enough.

The big news today will likely be the official signing of J.D. Martinez. Then he can get in uniform and we’ll have at least a little more clarity.

Peter Abraham can be reached at peter.abraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @peteabe.