CHICAGO -- An update on a number of injured Red Sox players.
Carl Crawford threw from a distance of 110 feet Saturday and also took batting practice, giving rise to the hope that a start of a rehab assignment may not be far off.
"He threw the ball really well,'' said Valentine. "(Friday) he hit it very well. I've got to think he's getting very close to playing in a game.''
Jacoby Ellsbury is in Fort Myers, having traveled there from Miami when the Sox played three games there last week.
He's likely to remain in Fort Myers until it's time to begin his rehab assignment.
"He might come back for one more checkup,'' said Valentine.
Cody Ross began his rehab assignment with Pawtucket Saturday. The training staff thought Ross had some soreness in his left foot last week, but Ross maintained he was fine and began his rehab assignment, which is expected to be brief.
Aaron Cook, who has missed the last six weeks after suffering a gash in his left knee, will make a rehab start for Pawtucket Monday, with an expected pitch limit of 50-75 pitches.