Big Papi among the early arrivals

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Pitchers and catchers have their first official workout today. The position players don’t start until Friday. But David Ortiz was in camp today for the first time, joining Dustin Pedroia, Will Middlebrooks, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Jose Iglesias, Xander Bogaerts, Deven Marrero, Daniel Nava, and others.

Big Papi looked to be moving around just fine. We’ll be talking to him more later on.

A few notes before the team hits the field:

• The pitchers will work on comebackers, fielding bunts and covering first today. Those throwing bullpens include Daniel Bard, Joel Hanrahan, Junichi Tazawa, and Andrew Miller.


• Iglesias, who resides in Miami, said had no involvement in the controversial Biogenesis Clinic there.

• LHP Craig Breslow, who is being slowed down because of shoulder discomfort, said he felt fine and isn’t concerned. “They’re just being cautious because we have some extra time this year,” he said. “It’s not a problem.”

• New catcher David Ross was impressed with how aggressive the Red Sox were in trying to sign him early in the free agency period. He said Ben Cherington and John Farrell communicated with him often and said how much they valued his team-oriented approach.

“My thing is winning,” Ross said. “Everything else is secondary.”

• OF Alex Hassan has a stress fracture near the arch of his left foot, the result of a foul ball. He is wearing a walking boot and is limited to pool work at this point. He’s hopeful of getting in games before the end of spring training.

• Xander Bogaerts will be here for about two weeks before going to Arizona for a mini-camp with the Dutch national team. Then it’s on to Taiwan for pool play in the World Baseball Classic.

“It’ll be worth it,” he said. “I think I’ll learn a lot. I’m looking forward to it.”


• Remember those clubhouse televisions that Bobby Valentine ordered to show plays being handled fundamentally well? They now show CNN and MLB Network.

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