Aside from Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, and J.D. Drew, Red Sox position players reported to camp Tuesday, with Alex Cora on the way.
“Other than that, I think everybody might have been on that field today,” manager Terry Francona said.
For the second straight day, Francona refused to comment on Julian Tavarez’s assertion that Ramirez will not report until March 1.
“Until I have something to the contrary of him being here, I sort of think it’s not correct for me to say something,” he said.
“They all improved today on their reaction and I like to watch them compete,” Francona said.
The balls the team uses for the drill are softer than a normal baseball, a substitute for the real ones Francona did use when he performed the spring training drill with the Texas Rangers, for whom he was a bench coach in 2002.
“There was nobody lining up for that drill,” he said.