BOSTON Outfielder Darnell McDonald is scheduled to continue he rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket as the PawSox host Norfolk later Monday afternoon.
McDonald, on the disabled list with a right oblique strain, has appeared in two games so far Friday and Sunday with a scheduled off day on Saturday. He is 0-for-5 with an RBI.
Darnell did well, said manager Bobby Valentine. He played seven innings on Sunday, hes going for nine today. Hes moving well in the outfield, not limited at all by the side injury and all he needs is at-bats now.
McDonald could be activated as early as Tuesday.
Carl Crawford on the 60-day disable list after off-season wrist surgery is progressing. He has been taking swings with a bat at a ball on a tee.
Carls up to progressing from 40 to 50 swings today, Valentine said. No ill effects from tee batting of yesterday and the day before.
Outfielder Jason Repko, on the DL with shoulder and knee ailments, has been with the Sox for the homestand.
Shoulders fully healed, Valentine said. His knee that was aggravated a little with a slide into second base and is in a managing stage. Hes wearing a brace and getting used to the brace so hes close to be ready for activation. Hell be playing in games.
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.