Red Sox training camp report No. 8

TUESDAY’S WEATHER: It was 75 and sunny after a few chilly days. Everyone survived the cold snap.

MEDICAL REPORT: Felix Doubront (left shoulder) will throw in the bullpen on Wednesday and Clay Buchholz (right hamstring) will throw live batting practice. Mike Napoli (hips) took infield with the regulars for the second straight day.

FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING: The pitchers worked on fielding comebackers and throwing to second. They also fielded bunts and threw to third. They had a refresher on signs, too. The position players had sliding drills then worked on positional defensive skills before taking batting practice.

THUMBS UP: Mark Hamilton, a first baseman in camp on a minor league contract, has shown a lot of power from the left side. The 28-year-old came up in the Cardinals organization stuck behind Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman … Lyle Overbay is putting in a lot of extra work to try and make the team as a backup first baseman. He stayed late to work with coach Brian Butterfield … Hard not be impressed with shortstop Stephen Drew and his work in the field. He is fully recovered from that ankle injury.


THUMBS DOWN: It was an ugly day. Dustin Pedroia tripped over third and landed on his face. “I was enjoying the moment,” he said. Daniel Bard and Chris Hernandez flung balls into the outfield that were intended for second base. David Ortiz took infield and let a ball get through his legs.

AROUND THE BASES: Jason Varitek was back in camp and back in uniform, touring the stations with the catchers and helping run a few drills … The Red Sox have no plans to use Jarrod Saltalamacchia at first base … Tim Wakefield will be in Dunedin on Monday to get a first-hand look at knuckleballer Steven Wright … Pedro Martinez watched the bullpen sessions, spent about 45 minutes talking to Ben Cherington then signed autographs for dozens of fans.

SCHEDULE: The Sox will hear a presentation from the Baseball Assistance Team on Wednesday morning before working out. They’re also getting fitted for their uniforms.

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