Spring Training '19

Red Sox Notebook: Ryan Brasier moves closer to spring debut

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Slowed by an infected toe earlier in spring, Ryan Brasier finally got on a mound Wednesday and pitched to hitters in a 20-pitch live batting practice session at jetBlue Park.

"Felt good to get out there and face some hitters,'' said Brasier, "and hopefully get in a game in a couple of days.''

Brasier developed the infection in his right pinky toe late last month, necessitating a trip back to Boston for treatment and a no-throw period that followed for a few days. Slowly, he's attempted to catch up with frequent throwing sessions.

The fear, initially, was that if Brasier rushed back too soon, he would adjust his mechanics in response to the soreness in the toe and jeopardize another part of his body as he compensated.