BOSTON -- When the Red Sox leave for a West-Coast road trip following Wednesday afternoon's game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park, Jacoby Ellsbury will head down to Fort Myers to participate in Gulf Coast League action.
Ellsbury will join Carl Crawford, who's already down there. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said on Tuesday that Ellsbury "might be DH'ing" on Friday, which also means that Crawford will be ready to play the field.
Crawford was apparently already ready to play the outfield in the Gulf Coast League, but recent rain has prevented that from happening.
"The rain has been the update on Crawford," said Valentine before Tuesday's game. "He's taking batting practice. We're trying to figure out if it's better to move or to play. They say the storm's coming up the northeast. I don't know.
"But I think after tomorrow, Jacoby's going to go back down there too. So, at least they'll not be playing, together, if the rain continues."
Ellsbury took part in on-field batting practice on Tuesday at Fenway, and Valentine is intrigued at what he and his staff have seen.
"Dave Magadan really likes the way he's looking," said Valentine. "I saw him yesterday. He looked strong."
Ryan Sweeney (foot) had his boot taken off, and has a special shoe made for his inner left sole.
Andrew Bailey (thumb) played catch today, just days after a minor setback, and felt "pretty good" according to Valentine. The next step for Bailey will be throwing off flat ground, and then to the mound.
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.
Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer. And…
US ambassador to Japan?
Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.
The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons.
When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team."
Would he be interested?
"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.
Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.
Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.