BRADENTON, Fla. - Right-hander Jake Peavy, who has a gash on his non-pitching hand after cutting it with a fishing knife, is expected to start Thursday. Peavy pitched a simulated game Saturday. ... Outfielder Shane Victorino (lower back tightness), who has been held out of games so far, will play Monday against the Rays or Tuesday (split squads vs. Orioles and Marlins). "It won't be both," manager John Farrell said. The Red Sox are off Wednesday.
Jackie Bradley Jr. is being challenged by Grady Sizemore for a spot on the Opening Day roster. Sizemore did not travel to Bradenton, where the Red Sox beat the Pirates, 4-1 on Sunday, but is expected to be in the lineup Monday and Tuesday. If Sizemore shows he's healthy and wins the spot, Bradley would likely begin the season at Triple-A Pawtucket. Bradley went 1-for-4 with two RBI on Sunday. He is 4-for-21 with five strikeouts this spring.
Right-handed Reliever Francisco Cordero has pitched well so far, but still faces an uphill battle to crack the opening-day bullpen. Cordero, 38, a former closer with the Rangers, last pitched in the majors in 2012 with Toronto and Houston. Cordero pitched one scoreless inning Sunday and has allowed three hits in four scoreless appearances.
"He's not pitching like a guy who's been out for a year," Farrell said. "He's thrown a lot of strikes. He's made the necessary adjustments. As a pitcher gets deeper into his career, he has to pitch a little bit more and use an assortment of pitches, rather than just relying on velocity. He's showing that in spring training."