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Spring training brings a lot of nagging injuries to players preparing for the season. Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com provided a run-down of how Boston’s injured players were doing as of March 4.
Jake Peavy’s spring debut was pushed back because he cut his finger open while fishing with his two boys. Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reported the hurler’s full explanation on what happened.
The injury was never depicted as serious, and Peavy made his way to the mound on March 13 against the Minnesota Twins. He seemed unaffected by the injury, allowing one run on two hits, two walks and two strikeouts in three innings of work.
Pitching prospect Matt Barnes was included in Boston’s first round of spring cuts last week, but dealt with shoulder stiffness in big league camp. Farrell wasn’t concerned about the structural health of Barnes’ shoulder. Given that it’s spring training, the Red Sox opted to give him some extra rest.
The Red Sox held Shane Victorino out of Grapefruit League games for a while so he could build up his core strength. He’s played every two days since his March 10 debut against the Tampa Bay Rays, increasing his workload each time. He’s hitting .286/.375/.286 in seven at-bats.
Ankle issues have limited A.J. Pierzynski at times this spring. After rolling his ankle twice, he’s back on the field, most recently on March 15 against the Philadelphia Phillies. He’s hitting .300/.300/.450 in 20 at-bats.
Pierzynski’s backup is also having some lower body issues. David Ross experienced inflammation in the tendon of his left foot. An MRI showed no structural damage, and he was prescribed to take a couple days off. He made his return Sunday against the Rays. He’s struggled through 13 at-bats this spring, collecting one hit.
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