Red Sox notes: Nava, Cook, Bailey

Red Sox notes: Nava, Cook, Bailey
June 2, 2012, 6:26 pm
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TORONTO After Fridays win over the Blue Jays, in which Daniel Nava went 4-for-5 -- a career high in hits, with a career-high three extra-base hits, all doubles -- with three runs scored, and an RBI, manager Bobby Valentine said he may give Nava Saturday off.

Instead, Nava is in the lineup, in the lead-off spot. The Sox are 5-0 in his Navas career as a lead-off hitter.

Nava has started in left field in each of the 22 games since he was called up from Pawtucket on May 10. He has reached base safely in 20 of the 22 games.

Nava is batting .314 (22-for70) with two home runs and 16 RBI. He is batting .383 with a .617 slugging percentage from the left side, just .174.391 from the right

Right-hander Aaron Cook, on the disabled list since May 12 with a left knee laceration, is progressing Valentine said.

He felt good, Valentine said. Talking with him, he felt good, laceration doing well, and hes ready to start full mound activities.

Once Cook starts on the mound, Valentine was unsure how long it would take the right-hander to get ready for a rehab assignment. But, once on the assignment, Cook would likely make at least three appearances of two, three-plus, and five innings before hes really pitching.

Adrian Gonzalez is making his ninth start, all in the last 14 games, in right field Saturday. It is just his first start on turf. Valentine said he was confident Gonzalez could make the plays in right on the turf.

Left fielder Carl Crawford, who has been on the DL all season after surgery on his left wrist in mid-January and a subsequent ailing left elbow, could begin throwing by the end of the week, Valentine said.

Closer Andrew Bailey, on the DL since the beginning of the season after surgery on his right thumb, has been throwing from 90 feet. He is expected to be at Fenway for the next homestand, which begins Tuesday.