"He's not swinging the bat yet," said manager Terry Francona. "Hopefully, [over] the next couple of days, he'll start doing that and we'll start that progression. He's been working out like crazy. He's on the treadmill, he's been shagging balls, he's been doing all that stuff, but he hasn't started hitting yet."
Reliever Bobby Jenks is also trying to work his way back from the DL. Jenks, sidelined with tightness in his back, hasn't pitched for the Red Sox since July 7.
"[Jenks] had a good day," Francona said. "I think he was a little sore after yesterday. Today was another good day, so we'll see how he reacts tomorrow."
Jenks has been playing catch in recent days but hasn't thrown off a mound.