Sox notes: Rotation pretty well set

Sox notes: Rotation pretty well set
March 20, 2014, 7:00 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Sox still haven't announced their rotation for the first week of the regular season, but John Farrell acknowledged that it's fairly obvious to determine based on the current schedule for pitchers.

"We've set up a rotation to reflect our thoughts and plan going forward,'' he said. "We've held off announcing anything in the event that something doesn't pan out from a health standpoint. But everybody's doing great health-wise.''

As currently set up, the Sox would have Jon Lester pitch the regular season opener March 31 in Baltimore, and, after an off-day on April 1, John Lackey pitching April 2 and Felix Doubront going April 3.

That would leave Jake Peavy for the homer opener April 4 and Clay Buchholz going on April 5, both against Milwaukee.

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Outfielder Jackie Bradley sustained a cut on his right thumb Wednesday night when he was spiked by Will Middlebrooks.

Middlebrooks was chasing one of the Pirates back to second base as part of a rundown, and after a collision, his spikes were up in the air. Bradley rushed in from center to back up the play and arrived just in time to catch Middlebrooks' spikes on his right thumb.

"It's fine - not a problem,'' said Bradley, who was wearing a small bandage on the thumb.

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Both Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa through live batting practice sessions Thursday morning.

"They came out of it fine,'' said Farrell. "They'll be back in a game on Saturday. They were originally scheduled for bullpens, but we felt with the number of pitches they've thrown to hitters [this spring], they wanted to see hitters in the box. It was just more of an intense work day, rather than a bullpen."