FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox were back on the fields behind JetBlue Park on Monday morning for an informal workout.
Manager John Farrell, third base coach Brian Butterfield and assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez were keeping an eye on the players along with what seemed to be the entire medical staff.
Newcomers to camp included Ryan Lavarnway, Jonathan Herrera, Garin Cecchini, Christian Vazquez, Craig Breslow, Deven Marrero, and Heiker Meneses.
Things we learned:
• Shunsuke Watanabe, the veteran sidearmer from Japan who is in minor league camp, speaks pretty good English. “See you tomorrow,” he cheerily said to a few reporters on his way out.
Watanabe, who is 37, has never pitched in the majors. He seems intent on taking a good shot at it. He met with the trainers on Monday to go over his program and seems to be enjoying working out with prospects who are considerably younger.
• Andrew Miller is getting after it. He’s been doing extra strength and agility drills after the on-field workout.
• Daniel Nava looks very comfortable at first base a year after he started playing the position.
• Grady Sizemore took fly balls in center field along with Jackie Bradley Jr.
• The players, coaches and staff members received their World Series shares (a full share was worth $307,322.68) at the end of November or early December.
• Finally, it was weird seeing so many of the players clean shaven. The Sox look like a younger team.