Notes: Crawford to DH in Gulf Coast League game

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Notes: Crawford to DH in Gulf Coast League game

BOSTON Left fielder Carl Crawford is in Fort Myers at the teams training complex continuing his rehab from off-season surgery on his left wrist and a subsequent elbow injury.Manager Bobby Valentine said Crawford is scheduled to get into a Gulf Coast League game on Saturday serving as the designated hitter.-- Kevin Youkilis is out of the starting lineup for Thursdays series finale against the Marlins. Valentine said it was just a night off for Youkilis.Yeah, kind of a real humid night last night, running a lot, playing his butt off. Its tough, Valentine. Im not going to put Adrian Gonzalez in the outfielders when I have enough outfielders, thats for sure.-- Second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who sat out Wednesdays game after tweaking his right thumb in Mondays game, is back in the starting lineup tonight.
--Jacoby Ellsbury took batting practice and fielded groundballs from coach Alex Ochoa in center field before the game.Hes progressing. Hes really progressing, Valentine said. When I talked to him Wednesday night he was feeling great.

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.  

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.

Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020. 
 
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration. 

Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.