Papelbon throws live BP

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox seem to bringing Jonathan Papelbon along slowly this spring (Terry Francona has exercised extreme caution with all of his players in the early going), but the closer climbed the mound today to throw his first live batting practice of the year.

Papelbon threw quality heat while staring down at a rather junior varsity lineup of Mark Wagner, Carlos Maldonado, Ivan Ochoa, Argenis Diaz, and Gil Velazquez. Three of the five are non-roster invitees. Check out the video above to see Papelbon in action.

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