Crawford Likely To Start Season In Florida
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BOSTON (CBS) – With opening day just over a week away, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine gave the media a few housekeeping notes down in Fort Myers on Tuesday.
Valentine said when the Sox break camp next week, outfielder Carl Crawford will “probably” remain in Florida as he recovers from a wrist injury.
“He feels really good where he is,” Valentine said Tuesday. “He thinks he could play in a game right now, talking to Carl. He feels that good. His wrist is no problem at all. He has resided in the fact that there is a program that the medical staff has him on that he is going to stay on religiously, and he is going to stay on that.”
Crawford is scheduled to bunt 20 times on Tuesday, and Valentine said he has already began to hit off a tee and participate in throwing drills. But remaining in Florida means Crawford will start the season on the disabled list, leaving the Sox a bit thin in the outfield.
Valentine announced that pitcher Andrew Miller would also remain in Florida.
As for the final two spots in the Red Sox rotation, Valentine said all four contenders will have a chance to show their stuff.
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On Wednesday, Aaron Cook is scheduled to throw five innings in a minor-league game, with Alfredo Aceves going against the Blue Jays on Thursday and Felix Doubront scheduled for a minor-league game that same day. Daniel Bard will start Friday against the Minnesota Twins.