FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Well, Jake Peavy's right hand didn’t appear to be hurting when he circulated among reporters here Friday morning, shaking hands and exchanging greetings.
But when the Red Sox pitcher left at midday, he emerged with tape wrapped around the palm of his right hand and ring finger, along with a small circular device loosely fitted over his index finger.
“It’s nothing,’’ said Peavy, who begged off from a quick media session, saying he had to follow fellow pitcher Clay Buchholz out of the complex.
“I’m new to Florida,’’ said Peavy, whose spring trainings have always taken place in Arizona.
Peavy insisted he did not hurt his hand Friday. “I fell off the duck boat,’’ he joked, alluding to the duck boat he purchased and brought home with him to Alabama after the post-World Series duck-boat parade that celebrated Boston's championship.
The mystery, such as it is, will last at least another day. Reporting date for Red Sox pitchers and catchers is Saturday, though presumably since Peavy already has checked in, he doesn’t have to be here. Physicals are scheduled for Sunday, with the first official workout scheduled for Monday.
Chances are it’s a very minor issue, if it’s an issue at all. But when you’re the defending World Series champion, very little is ignored by the watchers.
A couple of other tidbits:
* New catcher A.J. Pierzynski arrived in camp, his young son in tow.
* Ryan Lavarnway's crash course in playing first base is underway. Infield coach Brian Butterfield had Lavarnway on a back field after the informal workout concluded for extra work on ground balls.