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Crawford steadily getting back in the swing

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 27, 2012 02:13 PM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. Here is what is going on around camp:

Carl Crawford swung at balls on a tee again today and for the first time took some flips. That's when a coach kneels to the side and flips the ball to the batter to swing at.

Crawford also stood in the batters box on the field to track pitches during live batting practice.

"Everything feels good," Crawford said. "I'm making progress. You might think I'm going fast, but it feels slow to me."

The photo shows Crawford's new batting stance, which is much more closed than last season.

Jim Kaat, who won 283 games from 1959-1983, spoke to the pitchers before the workout. He is a neighbor of pitching coach Bob McClure across the state in Stuart.

Franklin Morales has what Valentine called "a situation" with his shoulder. Basically, the strength in his shoulder is less than what it was at the end of last season. Morales feels fine, however. He is not scheduled to pitch in any of the upcoming games as a precaution.

Andrew Bailey played long toss yesterday. He said his slightly strained lat is "just fine" and he expects to be pitching off a mound again in a day or two.

Aaron Cook will throw in the bullpen tomorrow morning. He's a little behind the other pitchers.

Valentine is looking to schedule a team-building activity, something now in vogue with managers. Basically you call off practice for the day and take the group out to do something fun. It could be billiards, bowling, video games, etc.

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