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Red Sox camp report for Feb. 23

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 23, 2014 04:22 PM

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TODAY'S WEATHER: Some early fog burned off and it was 66 when the Red Sox took the field to stretch. By the middle of the morning it was 80 and humid. The players were given a brief break in the middle of the workout to grab some shade and drink water.

MEDICAL REPORT: Daniel Nava (pinched nerve in neck) was out of action for the third straight day. Manager John Farrell said he should be swinging a bat again in the next day or two.

FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING: The Sox worked on rundown plays for 25 minutes. The drill included the “Larry Bird” variation that features over-the-shoulder throws to the infielders by coach Brian Butterfield to keep everybody on their toes.

THUMBS UP: Brandon Workman looked good in live batting practice again. His command of the strike zone has been sharp. … Starters Jon Lester, John Lackey and Clay Buchholz all pitched their second session of live BP and looked stong.

THUMBS DOWN: Clay Buchholz is 29 and apparently eats like a teenager at the movies. Farrell said the team is working with the righthander on “better nutrition” in the hopes that will help his stamina on the mound. “You’re always looking to adjust and remain at that optimal level,” Farrell said.

AROUND THE BASES: It was Photo Day at JetBlue Park and the players reported early to get shots taken by assorted media outlets. … Farrell said he has impressed by Dalier Hinojosa, a righthander from Cuba who was signed to a minor league contract over the winter. “He’s eager to learn. This is a very different baseball environment he’s in,” Farrell said. … Minor league camp has not opened yet. But the Red Sox have started a mini-camp for invited prospects. ... Chris Capuano was not scheduled to throw live batting practice today. But he took a turn after telling the Red Sox he had thrown off a mound eight times before he was signed on Friday and was ready. “He felt like he wanted to jump right in and wanted to see hitters,” Farrell said. “He keeps himself in great shape.” … Will Middlebrooks played four innings at second base last season and started one game at first. But Farrell said he would be working only at third base in spring training. … A comedian from Japan, Hironari Yamazaki, attended the workout in his own uniform and was on the field while the players stretched. “He can’t be any funnier than Koji [Uehara],” said one Red Sox player.

SCHEDULE: The Sox will be on the field at 9:30 a.m. on Monday. The team has three workout days left before Thursday’s doubleheader against Northeastern and Boston College.

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