Monday’s spring training report: Dustin Pedroia the player of the day
MONDAY’S WEATHER: It was 78 degrees when the Red Sox started their workout, and early clouds gave way to sunshine.
FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING: There was plenty going on. Darwinzon Hernandez (who was impressive) threw batting practice, as did Domingo Tapia, Josh Smith, and Josh Taylor. The catchers worked on pop-ups and half the pitchers on throwing to first or second base and fielding bunts. The infielders and outfielders did their specific drills, too.
PLAYER OF THE DAY: Dustin Pedroia faced live pitching for the first time since last May and dropped a single into right field. That drew a big cheer from the fans surrounding the backstop on Field 5. “Soft line drive to right,” Alex Cora said. “Don’t get caught up. It wasn’t a laser.” Pedroia, who is coming back from knee surgery, said he felt fine afterward.
SCHEDULE: Things will get back to normal Tuesday with a full-squad workout without all the bells and whistles. The Sox will be on the field at 10 a.m. after their annual photo day.