FORT MYERS, Fla. — Bench coach Tim Bogar indicated this morning that Carl Crawford continues to make progress with his hitting and throwing as he tries to return from left wrist surgery.
Crawford has been unable to participate in any spring training games thus far, and will not start the season with the team. Crawford is likely staying in Fort Myers once the team breaks camp to open the season in Detroit and play in some minor league games.
Bogar expects six innings from Alfredo Aceves, who appears to have a leg up on the competition for a spot in the rotation.
Manager Bobby Valentine said that Vicente Padilla will work out of the bullpen and he appears to be taking Aceves' role as the multi-purpose reliever.
Bogar also said that Dustin Pedroia, who had been hit with a pitch on the right forearm, was cleared to play. Bogar said that Pedroia informed them that he was OK the very next day, but that the team held him back again.