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Red Sox camp report for Feb. 18

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 18, 2014 07:30 PM

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TODAY’S WEATHER: Just about perfect. It was sunny and 73 at the start of the workout and got up into the 80s by the end.

MEDICAL REPORT: A.J. Pierzynski (left ankle) was held out of catching in the bullpen against his will. "I fought them on it. But I understand it," he said. Pierzynski went through fielding drills and expects to catch on Wednesday.

FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING: The Sox pitchers worked hard on covering first base. Minor league coaches Goose Gregson and Bob Kipper had even the veteran pitchers picking up the pace on grounders to the right side. … The pitchers also worked on comebackers and bunts.

THUMBS UP: For a guy in his first day at camp, Jonny Gomes had an impressive few rounds of batting practice, sending an assortment of baseballs flying out to left field. “I live in Arizona, bro,” Gomes said. “Been out hitting in this kind of weather for a few weeks now.”

THUMBS DOWN: First baseman Daniel Nava and reliever Brayan Villarreal couldn’t get in synch on a play at first base and the ball rolled away. … Newly signed righthander Francisco Cordero was moving slow in fielding drills. In his defense, he didn’t play last year and is 38.

AROUND THE BASES: Lefthander Jose Mijares has cleared up his visa issues in Venezuela and is expected in camp on Wednesday. … Manager John Farrell said Ryan Lavarnway has made a lot of progress learning to play first base since he started a week ago.

SCHEDULE: The position players will have their physicals on Wednesday. For the pitchers and catchers, it will be Day 3 of workouts. The team will be on the field by 10 a.m. after a class in media training. To accommodate the class, the morning availability for the media was canceled. Hmm.

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