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A few pregame notes

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 29, 2012 10:57 AM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Just spoke to Bobby Valentine. Here are a few bits of news:

• Carl Crawford will take 20 bunts today. But he has yet to take any full swings off a coach.

Valentine also mentioned the idea of Crawford getting 50 at-bats "somewhere" before he is activated.

When you consider he hasn't taken BP yet and will need 15+ games, we're talking him being out until some time in May.

• Valentine indicated the last spot on the roster could be an extra pitcher but was more likely to be a position player. Ryan Lavarnway, Dan Butler, Nate Spears, Pedro Ciriaco and Jason Repko are the position players in that mix if that's the case.

• Valentine said Daisuke Matsuzaka hit 92 and threw some changeups in his brief sim game yesterday.

• There is "group consensus" on the pitching staff at this point but nothing "set in granite."

Based on usage, seems pretty likely the rotation is Lester, Beckett, Buchholz, Doubront and Bard with Bailey, Melancon, Aceves, Albers and Morales in the bullpen along with probably Padilla and Bowden.

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