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Peavy ready to make spring debut on Thursday

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Despite his unfortunate mishap with a fishing knife 10 days ago, Red Sox right-hander Jake Peavy is on track to make his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday.

Peavy will go in sequence with the other members of Boston's rotation who have pitched for the first time this week, following Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, John Lackey and Felix Doubront.

The laceration of his left index finger proved to be a bit of a nuisance for the veteran, but not a significant obstacle in getting ready for the season.

"The stitches were removed two days ago, so that wound is healing up," said manager John Farrell. "He still needs some padding on the finger inside the glove. We fully expect him to be on the mound Thursday. You might see him use a little different glove, a little bigger glove just to give him more webbing to catch the ball in. No, we don't see it being a hindrance to his pitching."

The way the rotation is tentatively lined up, Peavy would make his first start of the season on April 4 against the Brewers, which is the home opener.

"Much like we've seen Clay [Buchholz] and Jon Lester go to the mound with three innings, that's the goal on Thursday [for Peavy]," said Farrell.

Ian Browne is a reporter for Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne.
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