SARASOTA, Fla. — Greetings from Ed Smith Stadium. Red Sox manager John Farrell spoke to reporters back in the Fort. Here are the highlights:
• Jake Peavy no longer has a wrap on his left index finger and is ready to pitch his first game on Thursday against the Twins at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.
His stitches were removed on Sunday and the wound is healing according to Farrell. Peavy will need some extra padding in his glove.
“We fully expect him to be on the mound Thursday,” Farrell said. “You might see him use a little bit different glove, a bigger glove, to give him more webbing to catch the ball with.”
Peavy is scheduled to throw three innings against the Twins.
• Shane Victorino, who played his first game on Monday, was held out on Tuesday and will play again on Thursday. He could get some extra at-bats in a minor league game on Friday. Farrell said Victorino would get some games in center field during spring training
• The Sox have their only scheduled day off of spring training on Wednesday. But lefthander Felix Doubront will stay on turn in the rotation by pitching in a minor league game at Fenway South at 1 p.m. Dan Butler will catch him. Lefthander Rich Hill will throw live batting practice, his final step before getting into a game.