FORT MYERS, Fla. – Manager Bobby Valentine said Sox outfielder Carl Crawford is ready to progress from a sore left wrist which has kept him sidelined for a week.
“Crawford will throw 90 feet with the trainer and ready to progress midweek with monitored swings,” Valentine said.
Valentine said Jose Iglesias, who is nursing a sore right groin, “is going to do some of the drills but none of the quick-action drills. We’ll be ultra conservative and hopefully get him back on the 15th with no ill effects of his right groin.”
On Aaron Cook: “Will he get enough innings to start in the major leagues at the beginning of the season? I doubt it. Seems he’s like he’s on a pace for 17-18 innings if all goes well. If we have the innings to give him, maybe, but I doubt it.”
Could he assume a role in the bullpen?
“I’d like him to be a starter. He seems like a pitcher to me. If he has that sinker that he had yesterday (two innings, two walks) consistently he will contribute eventually at our place.”
Valentine thought Andrew Miller’s situation was different from Cook’s because Cook is more of a rehab situation, while has missed time with a sore elbow. Valentine reported that Miller threw a bullpen and appears to be on the track back and still able to compete for the No. 5 job.
What’s he hope to get out of Andrew Bailey, making his first appearance today vs. the Marlins?
“Hoping for a healthy start and finish,” Valentine said. “This is the first time in this uniform, first time on the mound, first time with new group, first time out after rehab. He he can go 15-20 (pitches) times and be just as good tomorrow as he is today healthy-wise.”
On lefty Jesse Carlson: “Jesse has been a little bit on and off. Trying to evaluate whether he’s fully back health-wise.”
What to expect from Ross Ohlendorf, also making Sox debut today: “Again, his health situation has been a concern all spring like with Cook yesterday. if we can get him in and out feeling good then we can start evaluating his performance.”
Valentine said Kevin Youkilis has been practicing at first base first, but “I really want him to be totally comfortable at first base.”
He also said Mike Aviles will also move around.
“Again, once he’s really comfortable at shortstop we’ll grab some third and outfield play where he was playing and making great progress,” Valentine said.
Valentine also reiterated that Adrian Gonzalez will be “shagging a couple of balls in the outfield” and that “you’ll see Lars Anderson “play a little left field.”
Asked whether he would change the way he manages in Fenway, he said, “I don’t know. Maybe. When the wind is blowing out I’ll probably do some things and when the wind is blowing in I’ll do some different things.”
Valentine said that while he likes the squeeze play, he’s not a big fan of sacrifice bunts.
“I like the squeeze play when it’s a situation when you can walk off the field when its a determining factor in winning the game. I don’t think we’re going to squeeze that often, but you never know.”
On sacrifice bunts: “I’m not real big on that. If we’re going to have a bunting situation, I’m hoping they’re bunting for a base hit.”