FORT MYERS, Fla. — Position players officially report today to Red Sox camp, which should mean the arrival of David Ortiz, a clean-shaven Jonny Gomes and Shane Victorino. The volume will definitely go up in the clubhouse.
The pitchers and catchers will have their second official workout today. The position players are scheduled for physicals on Wednesday and the first full-squad workout will be Thursday.
A few random thoughts from the last few days:
• The Sox are being very careful to manage expectations for Grady Sizemore. He's getting plenty of work done in the training room to be able to take the field, but nobody is sure how he'll be able to tolerate the work on the field. His knees are the primary issue.
• Henry Owens (6-6), Anthony Ranaudo (6-7), and Matt Barnes (6-4) look like a small college frontcourt. Kudos to Ranaudo, whe re-enrolled at LSU after the season at the urging of his mom and is on his way to finishing his degree.
• Being in camp and around people like Jason Varitek is going to be a great experience for 21-year-old Blake Swihart. When Varitek talks, Swihart hangs on every word.
OK, time to head for the clubhouse. Check back for more later.