Red Sox injury updates from Fort Myers

Red Sox injury updates from Fort Myers
March 4, 2014, 10:45 am
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Some injury and status updates from this morning:
     
* Jake Peavy, sidelined after an accident with a fishing knife sliced his left index finger, will throw long toss today, with someone doing the catching for him.
     
"We've got an opportunity to keep his arm moving," said John Farrell, "and keep it in shape. He'll stretch it out a little with long toss (Tuesday) and the plan is for him to throw a bullpen tomorrow, without a glove.
     
"The precaution we have to take right now is make sure he doesn't perspire too much. That might cause some bacteria or whatever to get into the incision that's still closing up."
     
Farrell said the Sox haven't "ruled out" Peavy making his first scheduled start in the first week of the regular season.
     
"As much as we can continue to do with arm work and arm activity," said Farrell, "even under the current situation...he'll get out to a mound, in a game, as soon as he can. I think the next three days will probably have a lot to do when he gets to the mound for the first time in spring training."
     
* Outfielder Shane Victorino, who is behind others as he works of improving his core strength, will be on the field Tuesday, taking batting practice and participating in full baseball activities.
     
"We'll get through the remainder of the week and see when we can look to getting him into a game," said Farrell.
     
Until Victorino gets through multiple days of work, the Sox can't project when he might make his Grapefruit League debut, but it probably won't be until next week.
     
"Without any further setbacks," said Farrell, "he's in good shape as far as being ready for the start of the season."
     
* Righthander Matt Barnes "needed a couple of extra days'' of rest after experiencing some shoulder stiffness following his start against Boston College last week.
     
"He just felt some stiffness in the back of his shoulder," said Farrell. "Structurally and strength-wise, he tests fine. But given the time of the year, where he's at -- he's a highly-valued prospect and we don't want to push him too soon."
     
Barnes doesn't have a history of shoulder problems.
     
The Sox haven't had him undergo an MRI or x-rays, relying on baseline testing performed early in camp and field tests.
     
"We didn't feel like (additional tests) are warranted," said Farrell. "We're just being overly cautious with this."
     
* Lefty Chris Capuano will start in Jupiter against the St. Louis Cardinals. He's scheduled to go two innings.
     
"We'll get him out to four, maybe five innings, at a minimum here," said Farrell. "We always have the ability to pull a guy back once the season begins."
     
* Both veteran catchers are dealing with foot/ankle injuries, sidelining them for the time being.
     
A.J. Pierzynski rolled his left ankle for the second time this spring on Monday in Bradenton and will be out of game action until Friday.
     
Meanwhile, David Ross has some inflammation in the tendon in his left foot.
     
"An MRI (Monday) showed there's nothing structurally going on there," said Farrell. "We've had to back him off a couple of days. It's likely he'll be behind the plate on Friday."