FORT MYERS, Fla. -- There will be a new face in camp on Friday, as lefty reliever Dennys Reyes joins the Red Sox for the first time since he was signed earlier this month.
Reyes had to deal with some visa issues, and he got that straightened away on Thursday in Mexico. Righty Alfredo Aceves had to leave camp for the same reason, and he got his visa along with Reyes. Both players will participate in the team's workout on Friday.
While Aceves has had a pretty normal camp, Reyes will be off to a late start.
"We'll see," said manager Terry Francona. "We haven't seen him. The hope would be he's been throwing a lot. Certainly not being in camp is not an advantage, but we'll have to gauge where he is and how quickly he can get into it. And we'll have a little better feel as we see him in the next couple of days throwing."
Reyes could wind up being a nice find for the Red Sox. The veteran has posted a 3.99 ERA or lower in each of the last five seasons. Last year, he was 3-1 with a 3.55 ERA in 59 appearances with the Cardinals.
Tight left elbow shuts down Doubront
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox will put the brakes on Felix Doubront for a bit, as the left-hander has been experiencing some tightness in his throwing elbow.
"Doubront has exhibited a little bit of a tight elbow, which he has had in the past," said manager Terry Francona. "We're going to take a little bit of a cautious approach and shut him down for 10 days to two weeks. You won't see him out there for the near future."
Doubront is one of the most promising lefties in the organization. He spent some time in the Majors last season both in a starting role and in relief.
If he doesn't win a spot in Boston's bullpen coming out of camp, Doubront will likely open the season in the starting rotation for Triple-A Pawtucket, assuming he regains his health.
The club is confident the injury is not serious.
"Everything structurally is fine, but he's had this before and we'd rather not go three or four days and have him throw and nurse it through," Francona said. "He's too young and potentially too good. We'd rather take a little bit more of a cautious approach."
Adrian getting close to taking batting practice
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After a day of rest, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez resumed his hitting program on Thursday, taking 36 swings off a tee.
Gonzalez, who is recovering from offseason surgery on his left shoulder, should be able to take batting practice soon, perhaps within a few days.
It was the third time Gonzalez has taken swings in the last four days. He started with 20 swings and then moved up to 30 before taking it up a bit further on Thursday.
There's no timetable for when Gonzalez will play in exhibition games, but he will be back in more than enough time to be in the lineup for Opening Day in Texas on April 1.
While the Red Sox haven't gotten a chance to watch Gonzalez hit up close yet, he has impressed observers with his defense.
"He's very smooth," said manager Terry Francona. "I'd heard his reputation was so solid, but it's fun when you see it in person. He's really good."