Crawford (wrist) scheduled to undergo checkup

Crawford (wrist) scheduled to undergo checkup
March 4, 2012, 5:35 pm
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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.