Update: Crawford to seek second opinion on elbow

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Update: Crawford to seek second opinion on elbow

MINNEAPOLIS -- Outfielder Carl Crawford, who returned to Boston Tuesday to have his ailing left elbow examined again before returning to Fort Myers, is concerned enough that he will seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on the elbow in the coming days.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine made the announcement after the Red Sox' 11-2 win over the Twins Tuesday night.

Crawford's visit to Boston to have the elbow checked was his second in the last week. He came back to be examined two days before the home opener, and was scheduled for Tuesday's follow-up, too.

But apparently the elbow isn't healing as quickly as Crawford would like and he wants someone else to examine him as a pre-caution.

The Red Sox Tuesday night were working on setting up the second opinion, though the team didn't provide any further information on whom Crawford would see and when.

"He's feeling so good with his hitting and his wrist right now," said Valentine, "he doesn't want to have any setbacks. I think he's getting someone else to confirm that the elbow is what we think it is, which is just a little soreness. I'm not going to medically describe what it is."

Asked if the condition could be considered serious, Valentine said: "It's always serious, the way I look at it. It doesn't seem major, if that's what you mean."

Crawford had been taking part in extended spring training games in Fort Myers, but hadn't been cleared to play the outfield or throw yet.

"His elbow is a situation that we really want to deal with sooner rather than later," Valentine had said earlier in the day, "and make sure that it's fine before he starts throwing."

Daisuke Matsuzaka, who allowed three runs over four innings in his first rehab start Monday night, will pitch again Saturday for Double A Portland.

"He threw a lot of strikes with his fastball," said Valentine. "He felt real good. The first home run (he allowed) was wind-blown; the next one was legit. He felt good when it was all over and is ready to progress."

Valentine said Matsuzaka threw some secondary pitches, but he was mostly focused on working on his fastball command.

Matsuzaka will be allowed to get up to 80 or so pitches in his next rehab outing.

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.