- Gordon Edes, ESPN Staff Writer
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A few loose ends from the Fort:
*Terry Francona said that while he will use Mike Cameron in right field to spell J.D. Drew, especially against some left-handers, he doesn’t expect to use Cameron as a backup in left field, where he has played just a handful of games. That would seem to mean that Darnell McDonald, the favorite to be the team’s fifth outfielder, will get a chance to spell Crawford there. Cameron will also play some center field.
*The Sox held their conditioning drills inside, even on a cloudless day Monday, and have elected not to use the 300-yard shuttle as a test of a player’s condition, which is something of a spring tradition. Francona said that with so many players coming back from injury, the team decided it was more prudent to use the drill just as a conditioning tool later in the week.
*Francona also said that pitchers will throw an extra bullpen session before facing live hitting, a routine preferred by new pitching coach Curt Young. Most pitchers will now throw two bullpens and two sessions of live BP before pitching in a game.
*Hot-shot shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias was among Monday’s arrivals, and he happily told reporters that his father has been given permission to leave Cuba and join him soon.
*Ex-Yankee Alfredo Aceves also was in camp Monday, but may have to leave to resolve visa issues in Miami.
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