FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The first official day of spring training came and went Monday without a David Ortiz sighting, not that one was expected. Sox position players aren’t scheduled to report until Tuesday, and manager John Farrell said he has not been informed that there will be any late arrivals.
Among the position players yet to arrive -- or show their faces in camp -- are Ortiz, outfielder Shane Victorino and outfielder Jonny Gomes. The other position players are here -- Mike Carp showed up during Ryan Dempster’s presser Sunday -- and things promise to become considerably livelier when Ortiz and Co. report.
-- A.J. Pierzynski did not complete the catchers’ running drills at the end of their morning work after he turned his left ankle. “Second time I sprained my ankle walking today,’’ he said to teammate David Ross. No one seemed concerned, although Ross was happy to have a little fun at Pierzynski’s expense, teasing him for his inability to keep up with the pace demanded in Sox camp.
-- The Sox limited Jake Peavy’s work Monday until he undergoes an examination of his right ring finger. Farrell said the hand specialist flying in to see Peavy was delayed by weather Sunday, but that exam was supposed to take place sometime Monday and Peavy is expected on the field Tuesday.
-- Newly signed reliever Francisco Cordero was driving over from Miami on Monday to undergo a physical, Farrell said, and join workouts on Tuesday. Left-handed non-roster pitcher Jose Mijares has been delayed on a visa issue, Farrell said, while another non-roster lefty, Rich Hill, has a family matter to which he is attending.
-- Farrell said the club plans to give outfielder Grady Sizemore looks in both center and left. "He'll get some exposure in left," Farrell said. "His arm is going to play center and left.
"We've still got a lot of information to gather on Grady as we go through spring training. The majority of maintenance work is going to be [on his] knees. Our medical staff is confident it will be able to keep him on the field, and he feels great. Right now, probably our first area overall is to see how his tolerance holds up. It's been two years."
-- Jon Lester, a cancer survivor, said he has yet to speak with Curt Schilling, the former Sox star who recently disclosed he had cancer, underwent surgery and now is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
"I haven’t had a chance to talk to Curt yet, but knowing him and knowing his competitive nature and being up in Boston with all those good doctors, he's going to be in good hands," Lester said. "And they're going to take care of him and hopefully in the end everything turns out. One of these days we'll talk and see how he's doing. I'm sure right now he's very busy trying to go though the process of figuring stuff out. I know he had surgery, and [he's] with his family. Like I said, hopefully everything turns out."
-- Numbers game:
Pierzynski will be wearing No. 40, the number worn by reliever Andrew Bailey last season. The number has been worn once before by a Red Sox catcher: 21-year-old Carlton Fisk was No. 40 when he played two games for the Red Sox in 1969. His No. 27, of course, adorns the right-field grandstand and has been retired.
Pierzynski wore No. 12 for the Rangers last season. That number belongs here to Mike Napoli, the player Pierzynski replaced in Texas after Napoli signed here.
Xander Bogaerts has taken over the No. 2 worn by Jacoby Ellsbury (a hint that he could wind up as leadoff hitter by the end of camp?), while rookie Jackie Bradley Jr., who lost No. 44 after Jake Peavy was acquired, retains the No. 25 he began wearing when recalled to the big leagues last summer.
New utility infielder Jonathan Herrera is wearing No. 10, Jose Iglesias’s number in 2013, and outfielder Grady Sizemore, attempting a comeback after a two-year absence from pro ball, is wearing No. 38, which hadn’t been worn since Curt Schilling retired until Matt Thornton was acquired last July from the White Sox.
-- The national media showed up in force for the opening of camp. The ESPN bus was in town, while a correspondent from FOX Sports as well as a gentleman from The Times made an appearance. Bobby Valentine’s first day in camp in 2012 drew a bigger crowd, but Fort Myers was not exactly a destination spot last spring, when the Sox were coming off a last-place finish.
-- Keep an eye on the work Ryan Lavarnway is doing at first base. Lavarnway was still involved in all the catchers’ drills Monday and that remains the plan for now, but with Daniel Butler and Christian Vazquez a strong possibility to share catching duties in Pawtucket and highly regarded prospect Blake Swihart ticketed for Portland, there’s some sentiment in the Sox organization that Lavarnway’s future could be at first base.