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A few Red Sox injury updates

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 18, 2013 09:10 AM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. Curious about the injured guys? Here is the latest from the clubhouse this morning:

Craig Breslow (left shoulder): He has been playing long toss out to 75 feet and said his shoulder is feeling better. No bullpen session has been scheduled. But Breslow will need only 8-10 appearances this spring to get ready, so there's no timing issue.

Clay Buchholz (right hamstring): He will throw a bullpen session today. Once he passes a few running tests, he'll be fully cleared for everything. The Sox seem to have avoided major trouble with this one.

Felix Doubront (left shoulder): He has been throwing out to 135 feet and is set for a bullpen session this week.

Alex Hassan (stress fracture, left foot): He is out of the walking boot he was in and playing long toss to build up his arm strength. He's still doing treadmill work in a pool to keep pressure off his foot. Hassan is due for an MRI on March 1 and hopes that will clear him for more work.

Mike Napoli (hips): He has been cleared to start fielding drills and took 50 grounders on Sunday. That will continue today. Infield coach Brian Butterfield is in charge of polishing Napoli's skills at first base. It's worth noting he hasn't felt any symptoms.

David Ortiz (Achilles tendon): He is taking batting practice and doing some agility drills. He has not started to run the bases yet and the Sox will take their time with that.

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