Crawford sidelined for 5-7 days; Opening Day now in doubt

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Crawford sidelined for 5-7 days; Opening Day now in doubt

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Opening Day was always an arbitrary deadline for Carl Crawford, but Monday, it seemed more remote than ever after the outfielder underwent an exam on his surgically-repaired left wrist.
Dr. Donald Sheridan, who performed surgery on the wrist in January, traveled here and examined Crawford and recommended that he do no baseball activity for the next "five to seven days,'' according to manager Bobby Valentine.
The shutdown comes almost a week after Crawford experienced some soreness and inflammation in the wrist after some swings in the batting cage and bunting drills.
"As we said from the get-go,'' said Valentine, "it's not about the calendar. He'll be ready when he's ready. I think with Carl, he loves to do a lot of stuff and it's probably not in his best interest at this time to overdo anything.
"The Opening Day thing is probably not realistic. Maybe, but probably not.''
With Crawford sidelined for approximately another week and needing another week subsequent to that to test the wrist in live batting practice, he may not be ready for Grapefruit League play until the Red Sox' final full week in Florida, giving him little time to play under game conditions before the team's scheduled opener April 5 in Detroit.

Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Friday's practice participation/injury report for Monday night's Patriots-Ravens game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
DB Jordan Richards (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (hamstring)
DB Eric Rowe (hamstring)
WR/SpT Matthew Slater (foot)

BALTIMORE RAVENS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
TE Crockett Gilmore (thigh)
LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related)
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh)
C Jeremy Zuttah (not injury related)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
G Alex Lewis (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION
G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.