MEDICAL REPORT: Daniel Nava was on the field to take grounders and throw but did not take batting practice for the fourth consecutive day because of a nerve issue in his neck. He hopes to start swinging a bat tomorrow.
FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING: The Red Sox did a brief sliding drill while the pitchers worked on backdoor pickoff plays. The team then came together for live batting practice.
THUMBS UP: Koji Uehara threw live batting practice for the first time and had his usual arm speed and command, according to manager John Farrell. But Mike Napoli hit him hard several times … Shortstop Xander Bogaerts continues to shine in individual defensive drills. The idea that he is somehow too big to play shortstop isn’t true.
THUMBS DOWN: Francisco Cordero, who is attempting a comeback after a year off, threw live batting practice and didn’t have much on his fastball. The veteran will get some time to show the Sox what he can do. But the early results do not suggest he’s a threat to make the team.
AROUND THE BASES: The starting pitchers went through an intense “rag ball” drill, fielding liners smacked at them by Triple A pitching coach Rich Sauveur. John Lackey was the winner, snapping up seven in a row. Clay Buchholz was ruled out when a shot glanced off his glove. Sauveur has taken so many swings that he wears batting gloves and has tape on several fingers covering up blisters … David Ortiz passed through the crowd going from one field to another and nearly has his way blocked by eager fans. A 7-year-old girl sneaked past a security guard and got an autograph from Big Papi in the dugout … Good sign for Grady Sizemore: He is scheduled to play in one of the college doubleheader games on Thursday. Sizemore is trying to make the Opening Day roster after missing the last two seasons dealing with injuries.
SCHEDULE: The Sox will take the field at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.