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Some loose ends from the Fort

2/14/2011

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.

*John Lackey paid a huge compliment to teammate Jon Lester. “Lester, in my mind, is the best in the game, to be honest with you,’’ Lackey said.