Red Sox pregame notes


Red Sox pregame notes

CHICAGO -- Assorted news, notes and health updates from pre-game.

After adding one lefty reliever (Rich Hill) to their roster Friday, it may not be long before the Sox add another.

Andrew Miller is continuing his rehab assignment at Pawtucket and might be close to a call-up.

"Ben (Cherington) talked to him when Rich came up,'' said Bobby Valentine. "He feels he's close and we feel he's close. (We'd like to see) a little more consistency. He's throwing well.''

Miller pitched an inning for Pawtucket Wednesday. In eight rehab outings -- two with Greenville and six with Pawtucket -- he's struck out 15 in 8 13 innings while allowing four runs.

Cody Ross was back in the lineup after missing Thursday with some left knee soreness.

"He's got a bounce in his step,'' said Valentine. "Says he's O.K.''

Carl Crawford is back in Fort Myers following his visit to Dr. James Andrews, but doesn't plan to stay there long.

He's expected to be back in Boston when the team returns to begin a homestand Monday.

Crawford has been shutdown from all baseball activity for the time being. Valentine said the length of the down time would be determined by Crawford's "tolerance when he gets ready to start doing things.''

New photos show Sandoval has lost weight


New photos show Sandoval has lost weight

The last time a bunch of pictures of Pablo Sandoval made headlines, it was not a good sign for the Red Sox. The latest batch isn’t so bad. 

Sandoval became the story of spring training this season when photos -- specifically a Boston Globe one of him throwing -- revealed he’d gained significant weight. The veteran third baseman was surpassed by Travis Shaw for the starting job and began the season as a bench player. 

After three regular-season games, Sandoval was put on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. He was then shut down for the season in May due to shoulder surgery. 

In a tweet and story posted by FC Barcelona, a smiling -- and noticeably thinner -- Sandoval could be seen attending the club’s final training session. 

Sandoval, 30, is entering the third season of a five-year, $95 million contract. In his lone full season in Boston, 2015, Sandoval hit .245/.292/.366 with 10 homers and 47 RBI.

Obama’s Super Bowl pick: Patriots over Seahawks, again


Obama’s Super Bowl pick: Patriots over Seahawks, again

Tom Brady didn’t go to the White House after the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory over the Seahawks, but the President thinks the Pats will be visiting 1600 Pensylvania Ave. again to be welcomed by President Trump (does that mean Brady goes?) or Clinton in the spring of 2017.

In an interview on Sirus/XM Radio with Sway Calloway, Obama sees a Pats-Seahawks rematch in Super Bowl 51. And if he were a betting man, he’d be going with New England, again. 

“I’ve got to say at this point, you have to put your money on Brady again,” Obama said. “I don’t see any strong teams. Seattle and Patriots have a rematch. That’s my call.”

Obama and the nation will get a preview of his pick on Week 10 at Gillette Stadium when the Pats host the Seahawks.

Oh, and the President likes the Golden State Warriors, particularly with the addition of Kevin Durant, to reclaim the NBA title.