FORT MYERS, Fla. Before the Red Sox host the Twins Monday afternoon, manager Bobby Valentine updated the health status of several players who have been dealing with injuries of varying severity:
Shortstop Jose Iglesias is back in the lineup today. He has not played since March 10 because of a right groin strain. Valentine said Iglesias feels good.
Outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who left after the second inning in the March 12 game against the Marlins, is progressing.
"Sweeney says hes working on base running and getting all that stuff going so that he might be ready soon for game action," Valentine said.
Left fielder Carl Crawford took 20 swings off a tee today and is progressing toward 25 swings. He also has a throwing program but is not bunting yet.
Outfielder Ryan Kalish, rehabbing from off-season neck and shoulder surgeries, will swing off a tee day and also do some throwing.
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is back in the lineup for back-to-back games after resting with bursitis in his left hip.
First baseman Lars Anderson is still limited by a calf strain.
Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, will throw live batting practice today.
Left-hander Franklin Morales will throw live batting practice on Wednesday for the first time this spring, and will be scheduled for a game here in the upcoming future, Valentine said.
Asked if he could imagine Morales being ready by Opening Day, Valentine replied:
Einstein said its better to have imagination than knowledge. So I cant give you an answer that goes on knowledge but I can imagine him having enough time. Thats not a knowledgeable statement.
But, yes hes very healthy and really ready to go.
Right-hander Aaron Cook is scheduled to start Thursday against the Yankees and go four innings.
He had a little tenderness in his groin and thats the thing thats going to be the determining factor, Valentine said. But hell be able to go at least three.
Asked if he could see Cook, who has thrown 5 13 innings this spring, being ready as a starter by Opening Day, Valentine replied:
Its hard to imagine that.