Valentine: Crawford set to swing 'in a day or two'

Valentine: Crawford set to swing 'in a day or two'
March 15, 2012, 5:11 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A number of players either sidelined or slowed by injuries are making progress in camp.

This morning, Bobby Valentine provided updates on a handful.

Carl Crawford

After a mandated down period necessitated by a setback to his surgically-repaired left wrist, the outfielder will resume swinging "soon."

"He'll start to swing in a day or two," said Valentine. "Soon, but I don't know (exactly) when that is."

Valentine was unsure how much time Crawford would need before getting into Grapefruit League games.

"I wish I could give you that one," said Valentine. "Talking to Carl, the work that's gone unnoticed is going to pay dividends. He's been religious and conscientious about standing (in) when
pitchers are throwing. He's taken it upon himself to fine one and I think that's going to speed up his timing process."

But Valentine also cautioned that Crawford isn't a "less reps guy. And one of his challenges is to control his practice reps."

Ryan Sweeney.

The outfielder is nursing a sore quad, which first began bothering him Monday in a game against Miami.

"He's probably a day away," said Valentine.

"(Friday), I'll probably start hitting again," said Sweeney. "As far as a timetable for running, I don't know. We'll just see how it is and get that muscle spasm out of there."

Sweeney revealed that his legs had been sore for a few days before Monday and felt it spasm while chasing after a ball in the outfield.

He then tweaked it further in his next at-bat.

Jose Iglesias.

Iglesias suffered a strained groin last week.

"He probably could have played today," said Valentine. "He felt good (Wednesday during a workout), but I told him we were going to give him one more day, just to be sure."

Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Saltalamacchia is suffering from a sore hip and is out of the lineup Thursday, with catcher Ryan Lavarnway taking over.