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Peavy starts throwing, but not catching

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 4, 2014 10:45 AM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. Jake Peavy played long toss today, an effort by the Red Sox to keep his arm in shape after he missed his start on Monday with a deep cut on his left index finger.

Peavy only threw the ball, however. Head athletic trainer Rick Jameyson caught it for him. He'll throw in the bullpen on Wednesday the same way. Peavy's finger is heavily bandaged after an accident with a fishing knife required minor surgery to repair.

"The precaution we have to take right now is just making sure he doesn't perspire too much. That might cause some bacteria to get into the incision. It's still closing up," manager John Farrell said.

It's uncertain when Peavy will be able to get into a game in spring training. The injury also raises the possibility of Peavy not making the Opening Day roster. If the Red Sox used Peavy as their No. 5 starter, he would not be needed until April 6. That could buy him time to stay behind and prepare.

The other option would be to use Chris Capuano or Brandon Workman in the rotation until Peavy is ready.

Could Peavy start the season on the disabled list?

"We haven't ruled that out yet," Farrell said. "As much as we can continue to do with arm work and arm activity in the current situation, we'll get him out to the mound as soon as we can."

In other injury news:

Shane Victorino (right thumb) took batting practice on the field today. Farrell said the right fielder would need several such workouts before he gets in a game. "We don't feel it's too far in the future," Farrell said. "He's in good shape as far as being ready for the start of the season."

David Ross was scheduled to play today but is out with a sore left foot. An MRI was negative and Ross should start on Friday. It's a tendon issue.

Matt Barnes (right shoulder) has what Farrell described as "stiffness in the back of his shoulder." Tests in the training room were negative.

"He's a highly valued prospect and we're not going to push him too soon," Farrell said. "We're just being overly cautious."

A.J. Pierzynski (left ankle) was walking around the clubhouse without any sort of limp. He has some swelling and isn't expected to play until Saturday at the earliest. Pierzynski rolled his ankle during one of the early workouts and again on Monday. The Sox want to give him a few days.

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