• Right-hander John Lackey progressed to throwing to live hitters on Thursday morning back at the Red Sox's complex in Fort Myers, tossing three innings during a Minor League intrasquad game. He threw 38 pitches, putting him on track to start a split-squad game against the Marlins on Tuesday.
• Righty Jake Peavy was able to wear a glove during Wednesday's 40-pitch bullpen session in Fort Myers, but he wasn't allowed to catch any throws. Peavy, recovering from a lacerated left index finger, previously felt off-balance while trying to pitch without a glove.
• Farrell said that catcher David Ross, out of action since Sunday with a foot injury, will start behind the plate against the Braves on Friday. Fellow backstop A.J. Pierzynski, dealing with his own foot ailment, went through baseball activities on Thursday, but the Sox will wait to see how he feels on Friday before deciding when he will return.
• Outfielder Shane Victorino, who has yet to play in the Grapefruit League, is going through "normal everyday activity," Farrell said. Victorino (back, hamstring, etc.) is stretching, throwing and taking batting practice with the team, and has suffered no extra stiffness or other setbacks.
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