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Farrell on CF: 'The competition is there'

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 8, 2014 12:31 PM

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SARASOTA, Fla. The most interesting aspect of spring training for the Red Sox will be how their outfield comes together for Opening Day.

Grady Sizemore's return to health could create some interesting decisions. Can the Red Sox get away with Sizemore in center field with occasional games from Shane Victorino or does Jackie Bradley Jr. need to be on the roster?

"The competition is there," manager John Farrell said. "But we haven't arrived at a conclusion with Grady yet. We're hopeful that Monday and Tuesday he's got a chance to go back-to-back days. We still have to get answers to some questions that aren't there yet.

"There's still going to be that looming question of what's the total number of games played? We want to be sure that we keep a trajectory going upward rather than have any kind of setback because we've taken too quick a step."

Sizemore was 2 for 3 on Friday and ran the bases well.

Farrell called it "really encouraging" and mentioned that Sizemore was 4.2 seconds down the line when he beat out an infield single. That's not far off from his prime of 4.1.

"You get that feel there's no hesitation," Farrell said.

Also:

Jake Peavy will throw three innings in the bullpen today in Fort Myers. He is lined up to start on Thursday against Minnesota. Peavy is recovering from a deep cut on his left index finger.

The Red Sox are off on Wednesday. But Felix Doubront will pitch in a minor league intrasquad game to stay on turn.

LHP Craig Breslow, who has yet to pitch in a game, should get on the mound soon. He has been brought along slowly after a heavy workload last season and lingering concerns about his shoulder.

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