Bay arrives

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Jacoby Ellsbury and Jason Bay stand next to each other as the Sox position players play catch. (Chris Forsberg / Boston.com)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jason Bay joined his teammates inside the Red Sox clubhouse this morning and, while holding court with reporters, got a high-5 greeting from David Ortiz.

The only regular position players not spotted inside the locker room this morning were Mike Lowell and Mark Kotsay. Today is reporting day for position players, but they need only be in Fort Myers and may simply not have been in sight of reporters during clubhouse access. (Francona mentioned earlier this week that Kotsay, who is coming off of offseason back surgery, would not be in camp until Tuesday).

A few quick notes from the morning access:

  • Lugo talks: Red Sox shortstop Julio Lugo chatted with reporters and deemed himself 100 percent healthy for the 2009 season. He also admitted to hearing plenty of trade chatter during the offseason and, when pressed on whether he would request a trade at the end of spring training if he were not to win the starting job in Boston, Lugo replied, “We’ll wait and see… You want to be where people want you.”
  • Pedroiamania running wild: Dustin Pedroia sported a red and yellow Hulkamania t-shirt in the locker room. As noted yesterday, Pedroia looks in fantastic shape after his MVP season.
  • Lineup chatter: Jason Bay was asked about where he thought he would hit in this Red Sox lineup and responded, “There are four or five guys that could hit third or fourth on other teams. I don’t care. Whether you’re hitting seventh, third, or fourth, you’re going to get the same amount of RBI chances on this team. It’s the last thing on my mind.”

The Globe’s stable of writers will have more throughout the morning.

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