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For Peavy, an unorthodox bullpen session

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 5, 2014 12:04 PM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. Red Sox righthander Jake Peavy squeezed his injured left index finger into a glove this morning and threw 40 pitches in the bullpen.

But Peavy was not allowed to actually use his glove. Because of the heavy bandage on Peavy's finger, bullpen catcher Mani Martinez served as his valet and caught the ball for him.

Peavy accidentally cut his finger with a fishing knife Saturday, opening a wound that required minor surgery. Peavy said the blade actually hit the bone in his finger and sent blood spurting several feet. He will not lose any function in the finger but perhaps some feel because of nerve damage.

The more immediate problem is how to play catch. The finger still hurts and Peavy is not yet ready for the impact of the ball.

"I felt all right," he said. "Obviously it was a little difficult getting my hand in there. But once I got it in I felt fine. Catching the ball back, that's going to be the biggest thing.

"It was good to get the uniform on and get some work in. You don't want to take a step back."

Peavy missed his start Monday. The long bullpen session somewhat made up for that. Now the Red Sox have to figure out what comes next. Some sort of simulated game is likely.

"We just need to figure it out," Peavy said. "I really don't know what our timetable is."

The other issue is the possibility of infection. Peavy gets the dressing changed frequently and is taking antibiotics. If infection does set in, doctors have told him he would need intravenous treatment.

"The biggest thing holding me back is them worrying about any kind of sweat getting in it," Peavy said.

Peavy threw all 40 pitches from the stretch as he worked on his mechanics. He does not think he will have to start the season on the disabled list.

"I don't see that being a problem," he said. "I certainly don't foresee it going that long to where it affects [the schedule.] You can get some work in a controlled environment to get your arm speed up.

"If it came down to it, we could simulate a game environment and throw one or two less actual games and still be ready."

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