Gonzalez scheduled for BP on Friday

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez took 75 swings (tee work and soft toss) Wednesday morning and is expected to begin normal batting practice on Friday as he makes his way back from offseason shoulder surgery.

Before Gonzalez begins batting practice in the cage, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said the slugging first baseman would have Thursday off from hitting.

“I think he’s definitely ahead of schedule,” Francona said. “He’s doing great.”

There’s still no timetable when he’ll be able to start playing in games.

“I don’t know,” Francona said. “It all depends on how he’s feeling. It’s so early in camp and we’ve only played three games, but his progression is way farther along than we thought it would be.”

Gonzalez had surgery to repair a torn labrum in right shoulder last October and he expects to be ready for Opening Day.