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Koji sure likes beer, and other Red Sox notes

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 24, 2014 02:40 PM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. A few notes from Red Sox camp:

Koji Uehara talked about an eventful offseason that included filming a commercial for Suntory Premium Malts in Japan.

The commercial is fun to watch.

Uehera, during a meeting with reporters today, said he feels he has to earn his job all over again. Manager John Farrell was asked whether it was fair to expect Uehara to repeat the astonishing success he had as closer last season.

"Totally fair," Farrell said.

A few more serious notes:

Farrell said that Grady Sizemore will play one of the college games on Thursday. The Red Sox are pleased with his progress.

Jake Peavy threw live batting practice and Farrell said he should be "right in line" with the rest of the starters. Peavy was a few days behind because of a sore right ring finger.

Peavy also has been dealing with the flu. But he got through his session today.

Daniel Nava hasn't swung a bat in four days because of a nerve issue in his neck. He was on the field taking grounders and throwing but was held back from hitting. He hopes to get started again soon.

"It's just a minor little thing I'm working on," Nava said. "There's no point of going too fast and then all of a sudden we're set back two or three weeks. I've been out there for ground balls, throwing, shagging fly balls. The final step will be just getting swings down."

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