MEDICAL REPORT: A.J. Pierzynski (left ankle) caught in the bullpen and is essentially off the injured list at this point. Jake Peavy (right ring finger) is expected to throw in the bullpen on Thursday.
FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING: Red Sox infield coach Brian Butterfield worked one-on-one with Jon Lester on throwing the ball to first base and second base. Lester has long had a problem with his fielding and maybe this time the Sox can correct it. Butterfield is working with Lester on his arm angle.
THUMBS UP: Pierzynski launched three balls in batting practice that landed on the roof of the batting cage well beyond the fence in right field. … Manager John Farrell carefully watched pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo in the bullpen and came away smiling.
THUMBS DOWN: The pitchers spent their third consecutive day doing fielding drills and are starting to look bored. Things should pick up once the position players are mixed in.
AROUND THE BASES: Lefthander Rich Hill is attending to a family matter back home in Massachusetts and has yet to report. The team has told him to take all the time he needs. … Lester purchased a nice gift for his teammates, bottles of champagne etched to commemorate the World Series championship. … The position players took their physicals early in the day and had an abbreviated workout on the field as a result. … The Red Sox players have been getting fitted for their World Series rings in recent days. … Fox Sports reported the Red Sox could have interest in 35-year-old lefthander Chris Capuano, a native of Springfield. But Farrell didn’t seem too interested. “I don’t think we’re in a dire need to add veteran presence,” he said. … A.J. Pierzynski is renting a home in Fort Myers with Minnesota Twins minor league manager Doug Mientkiewicz, the former Red Sox first baseman. The two came up together in the Twins system.
SCHEDULE: The first full-squad workout will be Thursday. Farrell and assorted others will address the team first.