Bobby Valentine's public questioning of Kevin Youkilis looked particularly appropriate Tuesday night, when Youk struck out four times in the Red Sox' 18-3 loss to the Rangers.
But Sean McAdam wonders if the controversy won't hurt Valentine more in the long run.
"I think Valentine may have inadvertently put himself in the crosshairs by throwing himself into this controversy and attracting attention, injecting himself into a battle with a player," McAdam told Bob Neumeier on 'SportsNet Central' Tuesday night. "Even though he sort of walked the comments back, people are going to be looking for clues, looking to see how this team responds to his leadership.
"And off the last couple of games, that's not a positive. They'd won three in a row against Tampa and then lost two in a row after the controversy broke . . .
"If they continue to struggle, Valentine is going to at the very heart of what people are looking at, and they'll be questioning whether he's the right guy here."
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The Patriots had a handful of veterans who missed spring practices back on the field Monday.
The team's website posted video of a training camp "sneak preview," featuring clips from a practice held three days before the official start of camp. In the video were shown offensive tackle Nate Solder, running back LeGarrette Blount and safety Duron Harmon getting in some work after all three were absent from OTA practices open to the media.
Solder suffered a biceps injury last season that landed him on season-ending injured reserve, which helped throw the Patriots protection in front of Tom Brady into a state of flux for much of the remainder of the season. Should Solder be able to participate in camp practices, as it appears will be the case, the team will have a stabilizing presence on the left side of the line as it prepares for the regular season.
Blount also landed on IR last season after having suffered a hip injury late in the year. He hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent this offseason and eventually signed a one-year deal to remain in New England. If healthy, Blount figures to have the edge in claiming the "big back" role that he's filled for the Patriots at different points over the course of the last three seasons.
Harmon sported a red non-contact jersey during Monday's workout, indicating that he may still need some time before he's ready for any kind of tackling drills this summer. The fourth-year safety explained earlier this month that he was "ready to go" for camp after "just trying to clean up some things physically" during the spring.