Spring Fort-itude: What happened with the Red Sox in Fort Myers on Monday

February 25, 2014 - 5:03 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox are preparing to move from the back fields at JetBlue Park to an on-field workout in the Floridian faux Fenway, a sign of the transition in progress as the start of exhibition games nears. Here's a brief roundup of the happenings on Monday: -- Felix Doubront continued a spring that's been very different than the one he experienced a year ago, when he was shut down at the outset due to health woes. (Mike Petraglia offers a glimpse of his live batting practice session here.) Little known fact about Doubront: He has one of the best strikeout rates of any left-handed starter in history, something that suggests intriguing potential for a breakout season in 2014. -- While Doubront has impressed on the field in early workouts, his attention has been split between his work to get ready for the season and anxious concern for the deteriorating political, social and economic situation in his homeland of Venezuela. Doubront and the five other Red Sox players in camp who hail from Venezuela have been seeking nearly constant updates while expressing their hopes for a peaceful resolution of the increasing unrest in their homeland. -- Koji Uehara said that he feels he's up to the task of repeating his 2013 workload for the Red Sox. While he encountered a dearth of endorsement opportunities in Japan, he did appear in one beer commercial for Suntory Premium Malt's. "Please try it!" Uehara pronounced through his translator. The commercial is explained here. -- As the Red Sox prepare for the start of exhibition games, one player's participation will be noteworthy: Outfielder Grady Sizemore, who hasn't played in a game since 2011, will be in the lineup against Northeastern University on Thursday afternoon. -- Daniel Nava has been slowed by, literally, a pain in the neck. -- The Red Sox joined the rest of baseball in digesting the rules modifications on home plate collisions. -- Here's your two minutes of the Zen of live batting practice, featuring the aforementioned Doubront, Allen Webster and Dalier Hinojosa: