Red Sox injury update: Crawford, Ellsbury feel fine

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Red Sox injury update: Crawford, Ellsbury feel fine

SEATTLE -- Some updates on injuredrehabbing players:
-- Carl Crawford played for the Gulf Coast Red Sox Thursday and went 1-for-3.
According to manager Bobby Valentine, Crawford also made a good, strong throw from the outfield to home, without any issues.
"We had the cutoff man set up where he would throw it short,'' said Valentine, "and he didn't want to throw it short. He wanted to throw it long and see how it felt. And he said it felt fine.''
-- Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been out since the home opener with a separated shoulder, is scheduled to DH for the Red Sox' same affiliate, serving as the DH.
He took batting practice in Fort Myers Thursday and went through a full range of baseball activities and reported that he felt fine.
-- Ryan Sweeney, who is on the DL with left big toe inflammation, is re-starting some activity with what the team labeled "modified shoe-wear.''
Valentine said Sweeney isn't yet close enough to having a date to begin a rehab assignment.
-- Andrew Bailey, who has been out since spring training after undergoing thumb surgery then experienced a setback of sorts last week when he felt some arm soreness, is ramping back up again.
He's long-tossing and will resume throwing a bullpen session when "symptoms tolerate and it seems like it's real close to getting there,'' according to Valentine.

McAdam: Will this be Clay Buchholz's last start?

McAdam: Will this be Clay Buchholz's last start?

With Wright and Rodriguez set to return, Sean McAdam joins SNC to discuss whether Tuesday’s game against the Rays will be the last start for Clay Buchholz.

Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz hopes he's made a case to stay in rotation

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Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz hopes he's made a case to stay in rotation

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 win over Tampa Bay Rays.

 

QUOTES:

"I didn't know I could really do that.'' - Mookie Betts, who marveled at his throw from the right field corner which nailed Kevin Kiermaier -- attempting to stretch a double into a triple -- at third in the eighth inning.

"He's playing a huge role for us right now. He's stepped in, he's built his arm strength and given us almost 13 very strong innings the last two outings.'' - John Farrell on Clay Buchholz.

"I don't know that we ever lost faith in the talent of Clay. He was in a rut for quite some time. . . But the jolt that he's given us from the spot starts he's made, he's kept us rolling.'' - Farrell on Buchholz.

"You'd have to ask John about that. I have no idea. I've tried to make the most of (the opportunity) and if a decision has to be made, make it a hard one.'' - Buchholz, when asked if he's made a case to stay in the rotation.

 

NOTES:

* The Red Sox improved to a season-best 17 games over .500

* The win was just the fourth for the Red Sox this season when scoring two or one runs.

* The win was the first for Clay Buchholz as a starter since May 9.

* David Ortiz moved into sixth place on the Red Sox' all-time hit list, passing Bobby Doerr with 2.043 hits.

* Ortiz extended his hitting streak to 10 games and has reached base in 16 straight.

* Andrew Benintendi recorded his eighth multi-hit game, the first Red Sox player to do so in his first 20 games since Jacoby Ellsbury in 2007

* Mookie Betts recorded his 10th outdield assist, placing him third among major league right fielders.

* Craig Kimbrel has a 1.08 ERA in save situations this year and 6.06 in non-save situations.

* Kimbrel has recorded a save in each of his last five appearances.

 

STARS:

1) Clay Buchholz

To say that this was Buchholz's best start of the season is to damn with faint praise, since there haven't been many good ones. But this was very good: 6 1/3 innings, one run on five hits with a season-high nine strikeouts.

2) Mookie Betts

Betts has only been a pro outfielder for a little more than two years, but that didn't look to be the case when he fired a strike from the right field corner to cut down a baserunner at third with one out in the eighth inning.

3) Craig Kimbrel

Kimbrel was dominant in the ninth, protecting a one-run lead with two strikeouts and a soft lineout to left.