Quiet morning in Seattle

SEATTLE — There is not much going on at Safeco Field this morning. Both teams are skipping batting practice on the field and had late report times.

At 9:30 this morning, there were only a handful of players in the clubhouse. Jarrod Saltalamacchia was getting ready to catch Tim Wakefield. Dustin Pedroia was in front of his locker swinging a bat. Josh Beckett and John Lackey wandered in a few minutes later.

Wakefield was working on the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle. Mike Aviles was there, too.

In terms of news, Kevin Youkilis is back. He didn’t have much to say about his sore back other than it was feeling better now.

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Spoke to Clay Buchholz, who said it would be “a couple of weeks” before he started throwing again. If that’s the case, he’s going to run out of time to get in a minor league rehab assignment and that cuts down on the odds of his pitching for the Sox again this season.

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