FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Following a delay caused by his lacereted finger, Jake Peavy will make his Grapefruit League debut Thursday against Minnesota, scheduled to throw three innings, or about 55-60 pitches.
Peavy may use an outfielder's glove on the mound to provide more cushion for his left index finger, which was sliced by a fishing knife earlier this month.
"The wound is healing up fine and shouldn't hinder his ability to pitch today,'' said John Farrell.
The Sox got two months out of Peavy after obtaining him in a three-way deal last July 30. This year, they look forward to having him for a full season.
"Jake Peavy's been in the big leagues a long time,'' said Farrell, "and yet, because he broke into the big leagues at the age of 20, this is
a guy who's relatively young and you would anticipate a lot of pitching life left in him.
"Because of the number of innings pitched over a long career, sure, there's going to be some adjustments required as he gets deeper into his career. But this is a smart guy. He's very athletic. We're going to need him to be a main contributor to our rotation.''
* Dustin Pedroia suffered a thumb injury in the regular season opener last year, and throughout the season, had to compensate in his swing. He couldn't drive the ball as well, leading to a dropoff in a extra-base power.
But after surgery in the off-season, Pedroia seems back to full strength this spring.
"I see better bat speed,'' said Farrell. "You see the bat travel through the (strike) zone more aggressively. There's more freedom. Even in his BP, you see his ability to get to his pull side more readily. You see the freedom in the swing pretty clearly.''
* Grady Sizemore will get three at-bats in a Triple A game Thursday . . . Wednesday's off-day has created a piggyback situation Monday, when the Sox host the Cards. Both John Lackey (five innings) and Felix Doubront (four) will pitch for the Sox...Scheduled to travel to Dunedin (Toronto) Friday: Clay Buchholz, Jonny Gomes, Mike Carp, Ryan Lavarnway and Jackie Bradley Jr.