Spring training unfolds in stages.

There’s report day, the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the first full-squad workout.

There’s bullpen work for pitchers, cutoff drills for outfielders, and, of course, there are games with the pitchers working their way to 100 pitches and the hitters climbing to 75 or so plate appearances before opening day.

Along the way, early in camp, there is something called live batting practice. Live BP for short.

During live BP, the pitchers, many of whom have already thrown a half dozen or more bullpen sessions, let it ride for 40 pitches as the hitters, still adjusting their eyes to the game after a long winter, stand in the batter’s box. Sometimes a hitter will take a few swings. More often hitters will simply watch or “track” pitches as they make progressions toward being game-ready. Either way, live BP isn’t always fun for hitters. Especially when someone as hungry to make a team as Phillippe Aumont is standing on the mound.

When Aumont, a 6-foot-7 flame-throwing reliever, took the mound Monday there was a strange pause around the batting cage. Ben Revere, Jimmy Rollins, Kevin Frandsen and several other hitters looked at each other as if to say: “Do we really have to do this?” Eventually the hitters took turns standing in on Aumont, who was bringing the noise.