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.
The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal.
"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."
After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.
"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."
The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.
"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."
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