Progress on the injury front for Red Sox

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Here are some updates from John Farrell:

• Mike Napoli will take live batting practice off Clay Buchholz on Tuesday. He will run the bases again either that day or the next and is scheduled to play against the Pirates on Friday.

• As for Buchholz, he is scheduled to pitch against the Twins on Saturday. The plan is for him to start and throw two innings.

• Felix Doubront threw live batting practice back in Fort Myers this morning. He will repeat that on Wednesday and then start his five-day routine and start on Monday against the Rays.


As it stands now, the Red Sox have Jon Lester, Buchholz, Ryan Dempster, Doubront and John Lackey lined up as their rotation. The Sox would like to carry that through to the regular season.

• Lefty reliever Craig Breslow (shoulder) is feeling better but has not yet been cleared to throw. The Sox want him to continue strengthening his shoulder before he starts a throwing program.

There is no great rush for Breslow, who needs only 8-10 appearances in spring training.

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