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.

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

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. 

 

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

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.