JUPITER, Fla. -- This is not a race. Honest to Herb Washington, it isn't. If it were, Mike Napoli already would have been declared the winner -- he left the starting line Sunday in Fort Myers. David Ortiz still hasn't taken his mark. So goes the race of the infirm. Napoli, still troubled by his hips, ran the bases for the first time. Big Papi is a week behind.
Manager John Farrell doesn't anticipate Ortiz falling behind in any other aspect of his Spring Training preparation, which is to say he'll get his swings, whether or not his wheels are functional. And that's that. Time with a glove is not particularly important.
"He's taking regular BP right now. At least he's getting regular baseline in," Farrell said Sunday. "I'll say this, come the 13th of the month, we won't be pinned into our game schedule with the A games. We can use Minor League games to get him five or six at-bats on a given day. We can build that number in pretty quickly on back fields."
Buchholz works toward rehab start
JUPITER, Fla. -- Spring Training is for the starting pitchers, mostly for them anyway. We've all heard that. The position players need three weeks, tops. The wannabes prefer four, and the veterans, those with careers that exceed a dozen years, figure they can make it work with 30 AB's against pitchers with command and 10-20 innings wearing gloves.
The starting pitchers, though, they need more time and hotter weather than the others. The objective is for them is to go North, healthy, stretched out, well conditioned, tuned and -- say it again -- healthy.
Some clubs say throwing 27 innings in Spring Training games is the objective. Some -- the Red Sox are one of them -- say arm strength will come for the prospective starters if each makes seven appearances in spring games.
"That's going to be a normal progression toward that 95-pitch or 100-pitch target we try to get to [for Opening Day]," manager John Farrell said Sunday morning when he spoke of the planned preparation for Clay Buchholz.
And so Buchholz, bothered by a hamstring strain he suffered on the first day of workouts, is to start against the Twins on Saturday. The Sox haven't had to push Buchholz; it just happens to work out that a Saturday start and regular work thereafter will have him prepared for April Fools' Day and the Yankees. Buchholz is to throw a two-inning simulated game Tuesday and side session Thursday.
At the same time Sunday, Farrell said Felix Doubront is to throw live batting practice Monday and Wednesday and pitch against the Rays the following Monday. Doubront's training has been slowed by inflammation in his left shoulder.
Tewksbury recalls past game with Cards' Cherre
JUPITER, Fla. -- Bob Tewksbury, the Red Sox's psychologist, took his practice on the road Sunday and made the long trip from Fort Myers to the East Coast. A former Cardinals pitcher, Tewksbury bumped into C.J. Cherre, the Cardinals' longtime travel secretary and clubhouse manager, and a member of the unofficial Tewksbury fan club.
"Great guy, good pitcher," Cherre said. "Great guy to have on the mound if you were in a hurry. He didn't mess around on the mound. He got it, and he threw it. You always wanted Tewks starting on getaway day."
In his time with the Cardinals, Tewskbury may have prompted the late Jack Buck, the Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer, to reprise the wonderful line he introduced when Bob Gibson was pitching in the 60s: "He pitches like he's double-parked." Moreover, Tewksbury threw strikes at a stunning rate.
He and Cherre recalled a getaway game from 1990 that Tewksbury started against the Reds opposite Tom Browning, another fast worker, in Cincinnati.
"What did it go, an hour [and] 32?" Cherre said. Actually, the game ended in two hours flat with Tewksbury throwing a 74-pitch complete game. He allowed six hits, one a bases-empty home run by Chris Sabo, and walked none.
"He was too quick that day," Cherre said. "I went to Joe [Torre, the Cardinals' manager at the time] in the dugout around the seventh and said, 'Joe, our plane hasn't come in yet. Stall ... go out to mound, get into an argument.' Tewks was killing me."
Cherre was aware of Tewksbury's positiion with the Sox; nonetheless, he recalled his friend as a finesse pitcher.
"What are you doing, teaching these guys how not to break a pane of glass?" Cherre said.
• The Cardinals observed a pregame moment of silence in tribute to their equivalent of Ted Williams, Stan "The Man" Musial who died Jan. 19. To most of those in the stands dressed in red, though, Williams was the Red Sox's equivalent of "The Man."
• Though Andrew Bailey surrendered two runs in the sixth, Farrell said he was "encouraged [by] the way he attacked the strike zone" and Bailey's thought process.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.