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A few morning notes from the Fort

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 24, 2013 09:12 AM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. Nick is in Jupiter with the team for this afternoon's game against the Cardinals. But here at Fenway South, there are a few items worth mentioning:

Mike Napoli will run the bases today for the first time since he arrived in camp. If that goes well, and there's no reason to think otherwise, he could get into a game within a few days.

Clay Buchholz said he feels fine after throwing a two-inning simulated game on Saturday. He is scheduled for another two-inning sim game on Tuesday. Pitching coach Juan Nieves said Buchholz is tentatively scheduled to pitch on Saturday.

Now that the pitchers are into their five-day routines, the Sox need to slot Buchholz into a spot that would allow him to prepare for his first start in the regular season. Pitching Buchholz on Saturday lines him up behind Jon Lester. Then Ryan Dempster is in the third slot.

Nieves was working with Bard a bit in the bullpen on some mechanical stuff. Then Nieves hopped in a car for the long drive to Jupiter.

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