Crawford (wrist) scheduled to undergo checkup

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Crawford (wrist) scheduled to undergo checkup

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Bobby Valentine said Sunday morning that outfielder Carl Crawford will undergo a checkup on his surgically-repaired left wrist Monday, a necessary step before Crawford gets cleared to resume swinging.

Crawford experienced some soreness last week after he swung in the cage, then devoted time to a bunting drill. He was ordered to stop swinging two-handed and placed on some anti-inflammation medication.

"Just to make sure he's OK to continue swinging again,'' said Valentine.

Valentine said the checkup will take place at JetBlue Park and that no x-rays or MRI were scheduled.

"I hate to put dates on these things,'' said Valentine, "but if everything's alright on Monday, he should be throwing again, starting that tee-swing work again . . . He's OK.''

Valentine said pitcher Daniel Bard has experienced "a little stiffness'' in his back and closer Andrew Bailey, who suffered a lat pull last week, threw "a really good bullpen, pain-free,'' Sunday morning.

It's unclear when Bailey will pitch in a game.

"He's progressed,'' said Valentine.

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Kings Insider James Ham: "DeMarcus Cousins loves Sacramento; more likely to sign contract extension than get traded"

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Rasheed Wallace shows KG his amazing Doc Rivers impression

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Rasheed Wallace shows KG his amazing Doc Rivers impression

By Dane Carbaugh, NBCSports.com Pro Basketball Talk

Rasheed Wallace is a man of many talents. Playing basketball. Getting ejected. Helping the disenfranchised. Throwing towels. He’s a Renaissance man, really.

Oh, and apparently he does a spot-on Doc Rivers impersonation.

During a segment on Kevin Garnett’s “Area 21” TV show, Wallace not only brought attention to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but was able to emulate the Los Angeles Clippers coach strikingly well. It came while Wallace was breaking down Rivers recent explosion and ejection from a game against the Brooklyn Nets, an outburst for which he was fined $15,000.

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