TUESDAY’S WEATHER: It was 64 and overcast when the team emerged from the clubhouse but sunny and 75 when they returned two and a half hours later.
MEDICAL REPORT: Shane Victorino (thumb, core) and Daniel Nava (neck) were limited. Nava is scheduled to return to a full workout on Wednesday.
FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING: There was a team-wide drill to practice cutoffs and relays to the plate and to third base. A meeting with the catchers preceded the work on the field … The position players took batting practice inside the stadium for the first time.
THUMBS UP: Third baseman Garin Cecchini — it’s pronounced “Chick-Kee-Nee” by the way — has impressed the coaches with his overall play. The 22-year-old, who finished last season with Double A Portland, is better than expected at third base and looks comfortable at the plate.
THUMBS DOWN: The daily schedule read, “All pitchers — base running” at 10:35 a.m. on Field 2. But it proved to be a lecture, not a drill. Coaches Brian Butterfield, Torey Lovullo, and Arnie Beyeler discussed base running strategies with the hurlers. Fans hoping to see the pitchers tour the bases were disappointed.
AROUND THE BASES: The coaches again worked with Jon Lester on fielding his position and making better throws. That has been a semi-regular occurrence in camp and he seems to be getting better … Jonny Gomes handed out T-shirts that said “Turn The Page” on the front. There may have been a bad word included … Rubby De La Rosa is serving as a translator for Dalier Hinojosa, the Cuban righthander experiencing baseball in the United States for the first time.
SCHEDULE: The Sox have one more full-squad workout on Wednesday before the schedule starts on Thursday with a doubleheader against Northeastern and Boston College.