Iglesias (groin) back in the lineup

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Iglesias (groin) back in the lineup

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.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.