3/3/2014 6:42 P.M. ET
Uehara makes spring debut with pristine results
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
BRADENTON, Fla. -- For the first time since Game 6 of last year's World Series, Koji Uehara was back on the mound for the Red Sox on Monday against the Pirates.
And it didn't seem as if much had changed. Uehara fired 14 pitches, 10 of them for strikes, in the type of 1-2-3 clinic that marked his 2013 season.
"I'm surprised he threw four balls," joked right-hander Brandon Workman.
Uehara struck out two of the three batters he faced in Boston's 7-6 loss.
"He continues on, that's the best you can say," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "And after four or five months down, he picks up where he left off, and he's just a joy to watch pitch."
Originally, Farrell was going to hold Uehara and setup man Junichi Tazawa back until later in the spring because of their workload during the postseason.
But both Japanese righties made their debuts on Monday. Tazawa worked around one hit in his scoreless inning.
Why the change in schedule?
"Sitting down with both of those guys and looking at the schedule, we're playing some National League teams, and they're going to have ample rest in between their outings," Farrell said. "We still target roughly seven outings in Spring Training for both of them. We can use the schedule somewhat to our advantage."
Rolled ankle won't keep Pierzynski out of action
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Moments after hitting a single up the middle in the top of the seventh inning in Monday's 7-6 loss to the Pirates, A.J. Pierzynski rolled his left ankle retreating back to first base.
He exited for a pinch-runner, but the catcher shouldn't miss any time.
"If I had to play tomorrow, I'd be fine," Pierzynski said. "It was the same thing I did earlier. I just kind of rolled it a little bit. When you first do it, it just hurts like [heck], and then it kind of gets better as the day goes on."
Pierzynski wasn't scheduled to play Tuesday's home game anyway, and he was also slated to stay back in Fort Myers, Fla., on Wednesday and Thursday, when the Red Sox have games in Jupiter.
The good news from the day was that Pierzynski found his hitting stroke, going 2-for-3 with a double.
"Better today," said Pierzynski. "I was joking with [hitting coach Greg Colbrunn] today -- it was the first day I felt like I knew how to hit in BP all spring. It was nice that it carried over into the game. It was a good day of work. Hopefully I'll continue to build off of it."
Peavy hopes to miss just one start as finger heals
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Jake Peavy's mishap with a fishing knife, though painful and scary, might only force him to miss one Grapefruit League start.
At least that's what Peavy, who suffered a laceration of his left index finger, is hoping.
"I don't think it's going to be long at all. I would like to get out, play some catch and do some stuff tomorrow," Peavy told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. "The biggest thing is they're not going to let me sweat until the healing process takes over. I believe I'm going to play catch, and I would love to tell you I'm going to make my next start. That's certainly what I'm aiming for, and hopefully we can do that and get back on schedule and it doesn't mess things up too much."
The righty, who loves the outdoors, was just trying to have a nice day with his son on Saturday before the freak accident occurred. He would have started on Monday against the Pirates if not for the accident.
"Just getting ready to go fishing," Peavy said. "I promised my little boy I would take him fishing, so we went to Bass Pro and we bought us some rods and reels that were combo'd. I was trying to cut the wire tie that was holding them together. Using the knife with my right hand and holding the rod with my left, and when I broke the wire tire, it struck the knuckle pretty good."
At first, Peavy didn't realize how bad he had cut himself.
"It's a bummer. I didn't think it was that crazy bad to the point I didn't seek medical attention," said Peavy. "That day we wrapped it up and went fishing. I came in here yesterday and realized we needed to have it stitched up and we would have to take some precautionary measures.
"You just don't want to risk infection. I could go out and play today if it was a must, but you can't risk infection and let it sweat. And me not getting it tended to right off the bat, you just don't want to get it infected, and that's the reason we're going to hold off a day or two."
The more Peavy talked about the incident, the more painful it sounded.
"It's right on the knuckle," Peavy said. "It was more of a jab ... it was a brand-new knife out of the packet, which is huge as well. I had just bought the knife. It was big -- it was a brand-new knife, pretty sterile. But a brand-new knife, it was pretty sharp as well."