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With a soundtrack, Big Papi reports to camp

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 18, 2014 09:12 AM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — As reporters entered the Red Sox clubhouse this morning, there was some old-school hip-hop music being played for the first time this spring.

Welcome to spring training, David Ortiz.

Big Papi was too busy getting ready to take the field to speak to the media beyond saying hello. But Shane Victorino entertained questions for a few minutes.

The postseason masher — how big were those home runs? — is still getting over surgery on his right thumb on Dec. 16. He has been taking only dry swings so far.

"We'll go slow and ramp it up. It'll be fine," said Victorino, who otherwise looked to be in excellent shape.

John Farrell said earlier this winter that he expected Victorino to return to switch hitting this season. But Victorino was coy when asked. "You'll have to see," he said with a smile.

We'll have more from Shane later on. A few other notes:

• A clean-shaven Jonny Gomes reported to camp. He looks about 10 years younger. Jim Davis has been instructed to grab a photo.

• Francisco Cordero is in camp and scheduled to throw in the bullpen.

• John Lackey, Jon Lester, Jake Peavy, and Clay Buchholz are scheduled to throw in the bullpen. We'll see if Peavy actually does.

Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, and Andrew Miller also will throw.

• Rich Gedman is one of the minor league coaches helping out the big league staff. He's working with the catchers.

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