News: Middlebrooks hit his second homer of the spring in Tuesday's exhibition game against Baltimore. After going 1-for-3, Middlebrooks' spring average is up to .318 (7-for-22) with two homers, a double and five RBI.
Impact: The bat has represented well this spring, something the Red Sox are happy to see after the struggles Middlebrooks endured in 2013. There's some questions about Middlebrooks' plate approach, but there's no doubting his power stroke. The young third baseman has hit 32 homers in a little more than 600 at-bats in the major leagues.
News: Lavarnway went 1-for-4 and belted his first homer of the spring in Tuesday's exhibition game against the Orioles.
Impact: Lavarnway, who has been playing some first base this spring, served as Boston's designated hitter Tuesday. The once well-regarded power-hitting prospect has lost some luster the past two years. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket.
News: Webster was sharp for three innings before walking three straight in the fourth of Tuesday's exhibition game against Baltimore, ESPN Boston reports. He allowed two runs on two hits while walking three and striking out three over 3.1 innings.
Impact: Webster was gassed after three innings but manager John Farrell was pleased overall with the right-hander using more than just his fastball. "He's using the sinker more, evident by the number of groundballs today. He's got a trememndous package of pitches. I think his last two outings have been extremely positive for him, particularly throwing two-seamers to allow him to get some outs early, getting into the flow of the game. That's taken place the last two outings," said Farrell.
News: Sizemore (knees) played in the second of back-to-back games Tuesday, going 0-for-2 and making one put-out an in an exhibition game against Miami.
Impact: Playing in back-to-back game was the biggest test for Sizemore, who has not yet suffered any setbacks. The Red Sox are pleased with his progress, particularly his timing at the plate. We'll be interested to see how the knees respond Wednesday.
News: Lackey made his spring debut Tuesday, giving up three runs on four hits while striking out two in 2.2 innings in an exhibition game against Miami. He threw 47 pitches, 30 for strikes.
Impact: Lackey threw mostly fastballs in his first spring start and felt his location was good, but started to mix in other pitches in the third that led to the runs scored against him. He's on track to start the second game of the season April 2 against Baltimore.
News: Doubront, who was Boston's fifth starter in 2013, will open the regular season as the third starter, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Manager John Farrell suggested the rotation of starters we're seeing this week will be the same one that kicks off the regular season. Doubront is scheduled to pitch Wednesday after No. 2 starter John Lackey on Tuesday. He's pitched well so far this spring and may have earned the promotion on merit, but having the lefty in the third spot puts him in line for some April starts against Baltimore and Tampa Bay.
News: Capuano threw three innings Monday, giving up four hits and one run while striking out two in an exhibition game against the Rays.
Impact: Capuano is being stretched out as an emergency starter, but is expected to throw out of the bullpen if Boston's projected rotation is healthy.
Craig Breslow - #32 - Pitcher - 6'1" - 181lbs
News: Breslow will throw a bullpen session Tuesday, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Breslow has been on a delayed workout regimen out of deference to his career-high usage last season. Despite being behind other relievers, Breslow still has a chance to break camp with Boston.
News: Buchholz is in line to be Boston's fifth starter when the regular season opens, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: The Red Sox are lining up the starting rotation beginning this week. Buchholz pitched Sunday followed by No. 1 starter Jon Lester on Monday. The decision to make Buchholz fifth in the rotation allows the team to give him some extra rest at the start of the season, a decision that is almost certainly the result of his injury history.
David Ortiz - #34 - - 6'4" - 230lbs
News: Ortiz homered in Monday's exhibition game against Tampa Bay.
Impact: It was the first homer of the spring for Ortiz, who's hitting just .125 (2-for-16) through six preseason games.
News: Sizemore (knees) played in the first of back-to-back games Monday, going 1-for-3 in an exhibition game against Tampa Bay.
Impact: Of particular note, Sizemore lined up with many of Boston's presumed starting position players Monday. It's actually looking like he might wrestle the starting center field job from Jackie Bradley. All continues to go well for Sizemore, though the big test comes Tuesday when he plays on back-to-back days. He's expected to play four or five innings in the field and get a couple of at-bats Tuesday.
News: Victorino (wrist) made his spring debut Monday, going 0-for-2 while starting in right field in an exhibition game against the Rays. The normally switch-hitting Victorino batted from the right side of the play against Tampa Bay righty Jake Odorizzi.
Impact: Victorino is not fully abandoning switch-hitting and will sort of make it up as he goes along. He's not listed to play in either split-squad game Tuesday and the team has a day off Wednesday. Despite the late start, Victorino feels he has enough time to be ready to open the season March 31.
Jon Lester - #31 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 240lbs
News: Lester pitched three scoreless innings, striking out four, walking one and allowing one hit in an exhibition game against Tampa Bay.
Impact: This was Lester's debut against major-league hitters after the left-hander pitched a simulated game against minor leaguers last week. March 10 is a little later than usual for Lester to be debuting, but Boston manager John Farrell is taking a conservative path with his ace, who threw a career high in innings last season. Lester is on schedule to start Opening Day.
News: Victorino (wrist) will play in his first game of the spring Monday afternoon.
Impact: Victorino (wrist) will bat sixth and start in right field for the Red Sox on Monday afternoon. This is a very welcome development for both, as the two-time All-Star played a large role in the run to a World Series title in 2013 by posting a .294/.351/.451 line with 15 home runs and 21 stolen bases.
News: Victorino (wrist) is expected to make his spring debut Monday or Tuesday, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: The wrist hasn't been the problem; rather it's work on Victorino's core that has delayed his spring debut.
News: Miller struck out the side in the fourth inning of Sunday's exhibition game against Pittsburgh and now has two consecutive scoreless appearances, ESPN Boston reports. "You're starting to see the timing and the delivery click for him," manager John Farrell said. "Much more consistent strike-throwing."
Impact: Miller's working his way back from foot surgery and had some timing issues when he first threw this spring. In 2.2 innings, he's struck out five and walked four.
Mike Carp - #37 - Left Field - 6'2" - 208lbs
News: Carp had two hits - including his second homer of the spring - in Sunday's exhibition game against the Pirates.
Impact: Carp is presumed to be a backup first baseman who can play some left field for Boston this season, though there may be other personnel decisions that jeopardize his roster spot. The Red Sox feel confident that Daniel Nava can back up first if Carp's roster spot is needed elsewhere.
Jackie Bradley - #25 - Left Field - 5'10" - 195lbs
News: Bradley had a hit and two RBI in an exhibition game against the Pirates on Sunday. He also made a couple of nice running catches while playing center field.
Impact: Bradley's hitting just .190 this spring, but remains the lead candidate to start in center field. Until we see Grady Sizemore playing on consecutive days, Bradley should be considered the favorite to open the season in center.
News: Buchholz threw three scoreless innings Sunday in an exhibition game against the Pirates. He faced the minimum number of batters and allowed only a walk.
Impact: Buchholz was pleased with his two-seam fastball, a pitch he's refined over the last two years, which he used effectively to induce five ground-ball outs. This was his second appearance of the spring and the first one in which he went multiple innings.
News: Middlebrooks homered in an exhibition game Saturday against Baltimore.
Impact: A lot of eyes are trained on Middlebrooks, who battled a poor start, an injury and a demotion to the minors last season. He's hit well this spring, but some shaky team defense has raised concerns. If defense concerns prompt the Red Sox to re-sign Stephen Drew, we'd likely see a left side of the infield that includes Drew at shortstop and Xander Bogaerts at third, leaving Middlebrooks as a backup. Or worse, in the minors.
Brock Holt - #26 - Third Base - 5'10" - 185lbs
News: Holt went 1-for-3 with a double, strikeout and a line out in an exhibition game Saturday against Baltimore.
Impact: Holt, who is in a battle for the backup infielder job with Jonathan Herrera, started at second base for Boston. Herrera, meanwhile, started at third base in the nightcap of a split-squad matchup between the same two teams and committed two errors. It probably doesn't matter which infielder wins the utility job, but if Will Middlebrooks struggles out of the gate, Holt or Herrera may be in line for increased playing time.
News: Workman pitched three scoreless innings before getting touched for two runs in the fourth inning of Saturday's exhibition game against Baltimore. He finished with two runs allowed on four hits and two walks while striking out two in 3.1 innings.
Impact: Workman was sharp early before faltering, but the Red Sox are pleased to have him stretched out up to four innings. He's still in the picture to open the season with Boston, but that would most likely depend on an injury to another starter. The organization would like to see him in a starting role rather than the relief one he performed last season when not at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Jonathan Herrera - #10 - Short Stop - 5'9" - 180lbs
News: Herrera made two errors at third base during Saturday's exhibition game against the Orioles, the Providence Journal reports. "We've got to get him caught up to speed at third base," manager John Farrell said.
Impact: The Red Sox made six errors during the game, but Herrera's were the most significant. He's in a battle to become Boston's utility infielder with Brock Holt, and third base is his least-familiar position. An emerging story line this spring has been Boston's shoddy defense, particularly on the left side of the infield, and efforts like Saturday's renew media speculation about free agent Stephen Drew.
News: Pierzynski (ankle) returned to game action in Saturday's exhibition game against Baltimore.
Impact: Pierzynski rolled his ankle earlier this week and has not played since. He went 0-for-2 and had a passed ball Saturday.
News: Peavy (finger) is on track to make his first spring start Thursday, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: A 50-pitch side session Saturday was evidently the final hurdle for Peavy, as he's penciled in to make his Grapefruit League debut Thursday. Peavy cut the index finger on his left (non-throwing) hand with a fishing knife last weekend, but should still have enough time to build up his pitch count for the start of the year.
News: Victorino (wrist) said that he is still a switch-hitter but is considering strictly batting from the right side, the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reports.
Impact: Victorino, who has always been a better hitter from the right side, posted a .300/.386/.510 slash line in 115 plate appearances as a right-handed batter against right-handed pitching last season. He hit six home runs in those situatuions but also had an ugly 25:3 K:BB ratio. The 33-year-old outfielder was decent from the left side against right-handed pitching last year, posting a .274/.317/.389 slash line over 229 plate appearances. It's unclear whether a full-time switch to the right side would benefit Victorino, which explains why he still hasn't made a decision.
News: Sizemore (knee) may be able to play in games on back-to-back days Monday and Tuesday, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: If that plan holds up, it would be a nice progression for Sizemore, as he attempts to resurrect his career with the Red Sox this season. Even if he manages to secure an Opening Day roster spot, there are plenty of reasons to question the workload his legs can handle over the course of a full season.
News: Middlebrooks has made a goal in training camp to work on his approach against offspeed pitches, the Providence Journal reports. According to Brooks Baseball, he's hit just .167 against change-ups and .205 off sliders in his two big league seasons.
Impact: Middlebrooks tends to expand the strike zone against offspeed pitches and swung at pitches outside the zone more than the league average in 2013. This aggressiveness leads to bad outcomes: getting behind in the count, which leads to expanding the zone more, and missing hittable fastballs when cheating on the offspeed stuff. "Obviously I'm a fastball hitter," said Middlebrooks. "But then I dig myself a hole by thinking I need to hit the offspeed, and then you don't hit the fastball either."
News: Peavy (finger) will throw an extended bullpen session Saturday, the Boston Herald reports. They'll simulate game conditions by having him throw, sit down and then throw again.
Impact: Peavy has a cut on his left (non-throwing) index finger and will wear a special glove on his left hand. It's still too soon for him to catch a hard hit or thrown ball.
Burke Badenhop - #35 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 205lbs
News: Badenhop worked a scoreless eighth inning in Friday's exhibition game against Atlanta.
Impact: The Red Sox trotted out some of their bigger-name relievers, with Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa and Edward Mujica joining Badenhop in getting work Friday. These are the four guys who will get most of the work between the seventh and ninth innings this season for Boston.
News: Ross (foot) returned to action Friday, going 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts in an exhibition game against the Braves.
Impact: Ross had been sidelined since Mar. 2 because of the injury.
News: Sizemore (knees) had a couple of hits in Friday's exhibition game against Atlanta. He beat out an infield hit and lined a single to center.
Impact: Friday's game was the first one Sizemore played since Tuesday. His timing at the plate is better than you'd think for someone who hasn't faced major league pitching in two years. And he continues to execute baseball plays that put stress on the knees, like running hard from first to third, advancing to second on a wild pitch, and sliding. He'll next play Monday and then again Wednesday. There have been discussions about playing back-to-back, but nothing is definite yet.
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News: Doubront pitched four scoreless innings with three strikeouts while walking none in an exhibition game against Atlanta on Friday, ESPN Boston reports. In two spring starts, the left-hander has tossed six scoreless with six punchouts and no walks.
Impact: His three strikeouts were in a row when he got B.J. and Justin Upton to end the first, then fanned Ryan Doumit to start the second. Doubront's pitch efficiency and repeatable mechanics are the obvious improvements early in spring training. He showed up in shape with the hope of sustaining over the long haul.
News: Lackey struck out six of nine batters faced in a simulated game Thursday, ESPN Boston reports.
Impact: Manager John Farrell said Lackey should be ready to go three innings when he makes his spring debut next Tuesday.
Rich Hill - #56 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 218lbs
News: Hill arrived in training camp after having been back in Boston tending to a medical situation with his newborn son, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Sadly, Hill's son was born with multiple health issues and eventually passed away. He's now in camp, looking to focus on baseball and is pleased to be back in a clubhouse. Hill is unsure how his pitching progression will be from here on out, but we suspect he'll open the season at Triple-A Pawtucket.
News: Webster tossed three scoreless innings in his second spring start Thursday against Miami. He credited other members of the pitching staff who suggested some adjustments following a poor first spring outing, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Webster sat down with Jon Lester, John Lackey and Clay Buchholz between starts to watch some video. The takeaway, Webster needed to stay back over the rubber and get more downward plane to the plate. It worked for him Thursday. The key is to be consistent.
News: Ross (foot) will return to Grapefruit League action for the Red Sox on Friday, the team's official website reports.
Impact: Ross will be back behind the plate after missing just four days due to foot inflammation. With three weeks remaining before the season starts, the minor injury doesn't affect his outlook for 2014. Ross is expected to serve as A.J. Pierzynski's backup and will presumably see most of his playing time against left-handed pitching.
News: Lackey will pitch in a simulated game against minor-league hitters Thursday, the Providence Journal reports. He is slated to make his first Grapefruit League start next Tuesday.
Impact: With Jon Lester set to debut Monday, it looks like the Red Sox are getting their projected starting five on rotation in preparation for the regular season. It looks like Lackey is going to be the No. 2 starter.
News: Nava batted leadoff and hit a solo homer in Wednesday's exhibition game against St. Louis.
Impact: The homer was Nava's second of the spring, both coming in the first inning of games. After the game, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Nava's a candidate to hit leadoff against certain pitchers.
News: Capuano started Wednesday and allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in two innings in an exhibition game against St. Louis.
Impact: Boston manager John Farrell said all the good things about Capuano's first spring appearance, noting that he threw quality strikes.
Xander Bogaerts - #2 - Short Stop - 6'3" - 185lbs
News: Bogaerts went deep in Wednesday's exhibition game against St. Louis.
Impact: Bogaerts addressed some timing issues earlier in camp and has hit the ball hard with little to show for his efforts until Wednesday's long ball. He'll open the season in the lower third of the batting order, but if delivers as a mature and impact hitter, he could move up to a more prominent spot.
Anthony Ranaudo - #63 - Pitcher - 6'7" - 230lbs
News: Ranaudo lost command and gave up five runs (three earned) in 1.1 innings in Wednesday's exhibition game against St. Louis.
Impact: Ranaudo was unable to pitch around a Will Middlebrooks error and imploded in his second spring start. He'll get another start at least before the projected starting five gets on rotation.
Jon Lester - #31 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 240lbs
News: Lester will make his first spring start Monday against the Rays, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Lester made it through a simulated game Wednesday and got the thumbs up to make his first spring start early next week. He'll throw two innings or 35 pitches. There's not believed to be an injury in play, rather it seems the Red Sox are just taking measures to lighten his workload this spring with the big picture in mind.
News: A Red Sox team source confirmed that Peavy sustained minor nerve damage when he cut his left (non-throwing) index finger with a fishing knife, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: The source also downplayed the issue, noting that the "integrity of the finger wasn't compromised" and the procedure Peavy underwent under anesthesia was done to guard against infection. The pitcher continues to wear a bulky bandage and will not wear a glove while throwing a bullpen session Wednesday.
Rubby De La Rosa - #62 - Pitcher - 6'1" - 205lbs
News: De La Rosa gave up four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out one in two innings in Tuesday's exhibition game against Tampa Bay.
Impact: De La Rosa's spring gets off to a rough start, but it's early. He's healthy for the first time in a couple of seasons and we're interested to see if he regains some of that mojo he showed with the Dodgers in 2011.
News: Workman and Chris Capuano are the leading candidates to enter the rotation should something happen to one of Boston's top five starters, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Workman will likely open the season in the starting rotation at Triple-A Pawtucket.
News: Capuano and Brandon Workman are the leading candidates to enter the rotation should something happen to one of Boston's top five starters, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: The plan is to have Capuano up to four or five innings by the end of spring training and that begins Wednesday when he's expected to start.
News: Victorino (wrist) took batting practice Tuesday, WEEI.com reports. He will continue his workouts the rest of the week, with the Red Sox deciding on his availability for game action after that time.
Impact: The delay in getting out to the field is more about core strengthening than it is the wrist. The Red Sox want him to be healthier this season than he was last year when Victorino was limited to 122 games because of hamstring and back issues.
News: Ross said his foot felt pretty good Tuesday and will "probably hit and throw" Wednesday, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Ross said the inflammation in his left foot is something the cropped up before training camp. An MRI showed no damage to the tendon and Ross is hoping to play Thursday or Friday.
News: Buchholz made his first start of spring, giving up one run on three hits and a walk in one inning. His pitch count got up to 26 (14 strikes), but he reported his shoulder felt much better Tuesday than the last time he pitched, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Buchholz, who missed two-plus months with neck and shoulder problems last summer, didn't have a lot of gas when he pitched in the World Series. He said his velocity is creeping back up and he just needs to fix some mechanical issues.
News: Sizemore (knees) executed a variety of baseball tasks in third preseason game Tuesday, WEEI.com reports. "I'm happy with how things are feeling from a body standpoint," Sizemore said. "Just not noticing anything out there. Not having any pain. Not coming in feeling worse the next day. So it's as good as I could have hoped for."
Impact: Sizemore went 0-for-2 with a walk in Tuesday's game against the Rays. He appears to have no hesitation on the basepaths or in the field and has responded positively to the workload. One of the last hurdles is attempting a stolen base. Manager John Farrell said they're holding off on that right now, preferring to gradually work up to Sizmore's running game.
News: Pierzynski (ankle) will sit out Wednesday and Thursday, with the hopes of a Friday return, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. Manager John Farrell stated that "He's got a little bit of swelling in there today but this is a couple, three days maybe before he's back behind the plate."
Impact: Pierzynski rolled his ankle during Monday's spring game, and as expected, he'll rest a few days as a result. Expect him to be back close to Friday, as this minor ailment shouldn't put his start to 2014 in jeopardy.
News: Ross is dealing with some inflammation in his left foot and won't play until Friday, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: An inflamed tendon in Ross' foot will keep him sidelined for most of the week, but assuming he can make it make it back in relatively short order, he should be OK to open the year as the top reserve catcher for Boston.
News: Peavy (finger) is expected to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: Assuming all goes well for Peavy during long toss Tuesday, he'll step back onto a mound Wednesday. The right-hander cut the index finger on his left (non-throwing) hand with a fishing knife over the weekend, but won't wear a glove on the hand during the bullpen. It seems Peavy still has a pretty good chance to be ready for the start of the year.
Mike Carp - #37 - Left Field - 6'2" - 208lbs
News: Carp hit a two-run homer in Monday's exhibition game against Pittsburgh.
Impact: Carp is expected to fill a similar role this season as he did last season -- backing up at first base and left field while pinch-hitting at times. If Grady Sizemore sticks with the big league roster to give Boston five outfielders, Carp may be deemed expendable as Daniel Nava can provide the same position versatility.
News: Buchholz will make his first start of the spring Tuesday, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Buchholz is scheduled to throw just one inning.
News: Workman was roughed up in his start Monday, allowing five runs in 2.1 innings against the Pirates, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Workman struck out four, but also mis-located a few pitches and allowed two homers. This was his second appearance of the spring and he stretched out to 45 pitches.
News: Lavarnway made his first start and second appearance overall at first base in Monday's exhibition game against Pittsburgh, ESPN Boston reports. "Well, I went from zero to where I am now, so that was pretty good, I guess," he said. "The feedback has all been good. I still am not at a point where I know what's good and what's bad, but the feedback has been good for me."
Impact: It was a second unblemished stint at the new position for Lavarnway, who made a nice play to field a grounder down the line and convert the flip to the pitcher covering for the out.
Junichi Tazawa - #36 - Pitcher - 5'11" - 200lbs
News: Tazawa pitched a scoreless inning of relief in Monday's exhibition game against Pittsburgh. He faced the heart of the Pirates batting order and stranded a runner after allowing a one-out single to Andrew McCutchen.
Impact: Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tazawa will be limited to about seven appearances this spring, out of deference to the career-high innings and appearances he made last season. The manager was pleased with the depth to Tazawa's splitter Monday.
Koji Uehara - #19 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 195lbs
News: Uehara pitched a scoreless inning of relief in Monday's exhibition game against Pittsburgh.
Impact: Uehara needed 14 pitches (10 strikes) to retire the side in order, two by strikeouts. We'll be looking to see how the 39-year-old Uehara responds to an MLB-high in innings and appearances in 2013.
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News: Peavy arrived at Boston's spring training complex on Monday with a large white bandage covering his left index finger, the result of a weekend accident.
Impact: The right-hander, scratched from his scheduled spring training debut Monday against Pittsburgh in Bradenton, said he was hurt Saturday.
News: Pierzynski exited Monday's exhibition game after rolling his ankle, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Pierzynski said he was fine afterwards, so this minor injury shouldn't hang up the veteran catcher for more than a brief period of time. He remains in line to be the No. 1 catcher for the Red Sox on Opening Day.
News: Victorino (core, wrist) has begun to participate in baseball-related activities, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: On Sunday, Victorino threw from 150 feet, ran and swung a bat. The surgically repaired wrist is fine. The Red Sox had held Victorino out so that he could work on some core strengthening. There is no timetable for when Victorino will appear in a game.
News: Capuano will make his first appearance for Boston on Wednesday, ESPN Boston reports.
Impact: Capuano will start Wednesday's game, but that might not be his role to start the regular season. We expect him to be a long reliever/emergency starter.
Mike Napoli - #12 - First Base - 6'0" - 220lbs
News: Napoli homered in Sunday's exhibition game against Baltimore.
Impact: It's a different spring training this year for Napoli, who endured a drawn-out contract negotiation with talk of his hip condition last offseason. In 2014, he's free to focus on baseball.
Edward Mujica - #54 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 225lbs
News: Mujica pitched a clean inning of relief in Sunday's exhibition game against Baltimore.
Impact: Mujica will be one of the first choices for save opportunities whenever Koji Uehara is unavailable this season.
Jackie Bradley - #25 - Left Field - 5'10" - 195lbs
News: Bradley went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's exhibition game against the Orioles.
Impact: Bradley got the start in center field and batted eighth in the order. He's the favorite to start in center this season, though Grady Sizemore is providing a challenge.
News: Doubront pitched two scoreless innings, permitting one hit and striking out three in Sunday's exhibition game against Baltimore. He threw 18 of his 24 pitches for strikes.
Impact: It was a nice start on which Doubront can build upon going forward. The Red Sox are looking for Doubront to improve his pitch efficiency this season and his command of the strike zone Sunday is encouraging.
News: Workman has been tabbed to start in place of Jake Peavy (finger) in Monday's exhibition game, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Peavy suffered a laceration on his left (non-throwing) index finger and will be shut down for at least three days. The decision to start Workman is a sign of his potential role as a depth/emergency starting option at Triple-A when the regular season rolls around.
News: Peavy has been scratched from his scheduled start Monday after lacerating his left index finger with a fishing knife Saturday, Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports.
Impact: Stitches were required to close the cut on Peavy's finger, and he won't be allowed to throw for at least three days. There's still time for Peavy to build up his pitch count for the start of the year, and the cut wasn't on his pitching hand, but he was delayed by finger irritation to begin camp and may not be able to afford a setback.
News: Lavarnway saw his first action at first base in Saturday's exhibition game against Minnesota.
Impact: Lavarnway handled the only ball hit to him, a slow roller. He's expected to see more action at first in the coming week.
News: Webster started Saturday's exhibition game against the Twins and allowed three runs on four hits, one walk and one hit batter in 1.2 innings.
Impact: Webster had a problem last season with poor starts, allowing runs in his first inning of work. That trend continued Saturday. He was part of the starting-pitching depth for Boston last season, but may have fallen behind others as we consider that role in 2014. Brandon Workman is likely to get a starting opportunity before Webster does.
News: Sizemore (knees) slipped and bounced off the fence while tracking a hit, but quickly recovered and threw the ball back to the infield, ESPN Boston reports. "Recognizing that he had to pivot and torque on the leg, but he came out of it fine," manager John Farrell said. "No issues. It was good to see him get three at-bats and continue to build."
Impact: Sizemore put his surgically-repaired knees to the test in his first game in the field and the team was encouraged by his response. He went 1-for-3 in the game while hitting leadoff. He won't play again until Tuesday and will then receive another three or four days off. The Red Sox are proceeding cautiously in increasing his workload.
Drake Britton - #66 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 215lbs
News: Britton struck out four of the first five batters he faced in two scoreless innings of relief in Saturday's exhibition game against Minnesota.
Impact: Britton allowed a two-out double and was able to work out of a jam in what was an impressive performance by the young lefty. In theory, Britton is competing for the final spot in the bullpen, but the newly-acquired Chris Capuano is the favorite for the job.
News: Nava (neck) played his first game of spring and homered in Saturday's exhibition game against Minnesota. He had missed some batting practice sessions this week due to a pinched nerve in his neck.
Impact: Nava started in left field and the homer came from the right side of the plate in the first inning against Minnesota lefty Scott Diamond. He's expected to share left field with Jonny Gomes and will likely hit leadoff at times.
Craig Breslow - #32 - Pitcher - 6'1" - 181lbs
News: Breslow is throwing out to 90 feet and is on a structured progression during spring training, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: There's no injury concern with Breslow; the organization is taking it slow with him after he threw a career-high in innings in 2013, several of which were of the high-stress variety. According to manager John Farrell, Breslow can get ready for the regular season throwing bullpen sessions and a limited number of game appearances.
Anthony Ranaudo - #63 - Pitcher - 6'7" - 230lbs
News: Ranaudo struck out four of the six batters faced in two innings against Minnesota on Friday, the Providence Journal reports. The other two batters hit weak tappers back to the mound.
Impact: Ranaudo gave the Red Sox their first head-turning outing of the preseason, getting swings and misses with both his fastball and curve. Nineteen of his 24 pitches were strikes. He left some of his pitches up in the zone, but the Twins' hitters couldn't take advantage. The overpowering outing is a continuation of a nice run for Ranaudo, who had an injury-plagued 2012. Last year, he compiled a 2.95 ERA in 19 starts, while striking out 106 batters in 109.2 innings for Double-A Portland. He finished up the season at Triple-A, including strong work in the postseason for Pawtucket. Ranaudo has the potential to be this season's Brandon Workman, a starter prospect that throws out of Boston's bullpen at some point in 2014.
Jonny Gomes - #5 - Left Field - 6'1" - 230lbs
News: Gomes batted leadoff for Boston in Friday's exhibition loss to Minnesota. He was one of the names mentioned earlier this spring by manager John Farrell as someone who could hit in the leadoff spot this season for Boston.
Impact: Gomes' appearance there Friday was more due to the absence of Daniel Nava (neck) and Shane Victorino (core), but Gomes' on-base ability makes him a player that Farrell will consider atop the batting order. The Red Sox will not have a pure foot-speed guy, like Jacoby Ellsbury, so on-base ability is the top criteria for Red Sox leadoff hitters this season.
News: Sizemore (knees) "feels great," one day after playing in his first game since 2011, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell, the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: Sizemore had two at-bats Thursday and is scheduled to play center field Saturday. It will be the first time in the field this spring for Sizemore.
News: Nava (neck) is expected to play Saturday, the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: It was thought Nava might be ready to go Friday, but he was held out on additional day.
Fri. Feb 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller (foot) allowed three runs in two-thirds of an inning in Friday's exhibition game against the Twins.
Impact: Miller surprisingly did not yield a hit in his outing, but had three walks and let up three runs. He appears to be headed for a setup role this season for the Red Sox in combination with Edward Mujica and seems to be past issues with his foot from surgery last season.
Fri. Feb 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sizemore (knees) came out of Thursday's spring opener unscathed and will start again in center field for the Red Sox on Saturday, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Sizemore's health will be better measured once he starts playing in back-to-back sets, but starting the club's first two spring games is an encouraging sign for the outfielder who has missed the last two seasons. His physical condition this spring has been encouraging, but the Red Sox will be carefully monitoring his condition as they gradually increase his workload.
News: Nava (neck) may be ready for Friday's Grapefruit League game, the Red Sox' official website reports.
Impact: Previously reported to be out Thursday and Friday, Nava now has a chance to return before the weekend. This neck ailment shouldn't have any impact on his value, as he hasn't missed much time and is assured of a spot on the Opening Day roster. The current expectation is that Jackie Bradley will start in center field, with Nava and Jonny Gomes platooning in left. If the Red Sox decide Bradley isn't ready, Shane Victorino would man center, leaving an opening in right field. Nava's defense makes him a questionable fit as a right fielder, but such an opening could only help his stock. Either way, he should always be in the lineup against right-handers and is probably best left on the bench versus lefties.
News: Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday that the team is trying to build up Victorino's core strength, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Farrell made a point to say Victorino arrived to camp in good shape, despite being unable to have a normal offseason after thumb surgery in November, but the team wants to build up Victorino's core strength after his 2013 season was marred by back and hamstring issues. There's no timetable for him to begin playing in Grapefruit League games, but Farrell said he's confident Victorino will be ready for Opening Day.
News: Red Sox manager John Farrell said he would have "no hesitation" asking Lavarnway to play first base in an exhibition, the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: The Red Sox would like Lavarnway to get regular work this season and that may not happen with him playing solely as a catcher. The organization doesn't have a highly touted prospect in line to play first, so there's an opportunity to give Lavarnway regular at-bats.
Junichi Tazawa - #36 - Pitcher - 5'11" - 200lbs
Wed. Feb 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tazawa was not mentioned when manager John Farrell spoke Tuesday about backup closers to Koji Uehara, the Providence Journal reports. For a brief time in 2013, Tazawa closed before Farrell settled on Uehara.
Impact: Farrell sensed the ninth-inning work was too much for Tazawa at this stage of his career. "The ninth inning creates a little bit different mindset for different individuals until they get some repetition in it," Farrell said. "We kind of sensed that in those outings when he was the de facto closer, and then we made another change."
News: Victorino (hand/wrist) will not play in exhibition games Thursday and Friday, ESPN Boston reports.
Impact: Red Sox manager John Farrell said Victorino's hand injury is not the reason he's being held out. Victorino has been working to address core strengthening first before he's cleared for game activity. He suffered a slew of injuries to his back and hamstring areas last season, which the Red Sox hope he can avoid in 2014.
News: Nava (neck) will not play in exhibition games Thursday or Friday, ESPN Boston reports.
Impact: Nava, who hasn't been able to swing a bat the last few days, was limited to throwing Tuesday and will resume full baseball activities Wednesday.
News: Red Sox manager John Farrell said he wouldn't rule out using Miller (foot) for a save opportunity should the need arise and Koji Uehara is unavailable, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Farrell was talking about backup options to Uehara and also mentioned right-hander Edward Mujica. It's hard to see Miller being entrusted with the role for an extended stretch of time or even for a full inning -- he walks too many batters. But if there was a tough lefty up with two outs, Miller could get the call.
Edward Mujica - #54 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 225lbs
News: Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday that Mujica would be one of the first choices to close if Koji Uehara were ever unable, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: It's not a huge surprise given Mujica's relative success in the ninth-inning role with St. Louis last season, but Farrell suggested the right-hander is the top candidate for save chances should anything happen to Uehara. Farrell did also mention lefty Andrew Miller (foot) as a possible fill-in option.
News: Nava (neck) will ramp up his baseball activities Wednesday, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Neck pain has prevented Nava from swinging a bat the past couple of days, but it sounds like he's OK to start gradually increasing his activity. While he won't play in games until this weekend at the earliest, the delay shouldn't put Nava too far behind schedule.
News: Doubront looked good in his first live batting-practice throwing session of the spring, WEEI.com reports. "He's throwing the ball well," manager John Farrell said. "He's come into camp in better shape than years past. We look for a progression and improvement on last year."
Impact: Doubront's offspeed and breaking pitches were down in the zone Monday, producing swings-and-misses to Xander Bogaerts and Grady Sizemore. The lefty made 27 starts and posted a second straight 11-win season in 2013, with a 16-game stretch from May to August when he posted a sub-3.00 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. With Ryan Dempster's decision not to pitch in 2014, the fifth starter's job is Doubront's to lose.
News: Peavy felt good after throwing his first live batting practice of the spring Monday, the Providence Journal reports. He had fallen behind a bit because of irritation in his right ring finger.
Impact: Peavy, who is slated to throw another live BP on Wednesday, is on schedule according to manager John Farrell.
Garin Cecchini - #70 - Third Base - 6'3" - 218lbs
News: Cecchini has impressed coaches in training camp with his mature plate approach, the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: Cecchini, who walked 94 times to just 86 strikeouts in 2013, has a bat that might be major-league ready right now. As such, he's considered a deep sleeper at third base, a position at which the major league club doesn't have a ready-made solution should Will Middlebrooks falter.
Thu. Feb 20, 2014 | STATS
News: A person familiar with the deal says the Boston Red Sox have reached a contract agreement with Capuano. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because completion of the deal was pending a physical.
Impact: The 35-year-old Capuano was 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA last season for the Dodgers. He went on the disabled list twice and was limited to 24 appearances, 20 of them starts. In 2012, he made an NL-high 33 starts and was 12-12 with a career-best 3.72 ERA for Los Angeles.