Crawford hits on field; Ellsbury hits off tee


Crawford hits on field; Ellsbury hits off tee

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine offered several updates to the team's injury report before Tuesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park:

Carl Crawford (wristelbow) has still not received clearance to throw, but he was hitting on the field on Tuesday for the first time since his setback in April.

Jacoby Ellsbury (shoulder) also hit on Tuesday, but he did so off a tee.

Cody Ross (foot) took some swings and threw some on Tuesday, and he'll continue to ride the elliptical to take care of his cardio, as he is not yet running. Ross told Valentine that he "feels good."

"The conversation with Cody was more that he's going to be real smart about this thing," said Valentine before Tuesday's game. "He understands that when he comes back, it's not going to be for two days. It will be for many weeks, many months."

Reliever Andrew Bailey (thumb) was at Fenway on Tuesday afternoon and told Valentine that he "feels great." Right now, Bailey is simply waiting for the go-ahead to get on the mound.

Sale on the latest JBJ spectacular catch: 'What's wrong with that guy?'

Sale on the latest JBJ spectacular catch: 'What's wrong with that guy?'

The catches are becoming routine but that doesn't make them any less spectacular.

"'What's wrong with that guy?'" is what Chris Sale asked third baseman Brock Holt after they watched Jackie Bradley Jr. turn what surely looked like an extra base hit off the bat by the Angels' Yunel Escobar into another highlight-reel grab in the first inning of the Red Sox' 6-2 victory over the Angels in Anaheim on Friday night. 

"I literally, I looked at Brock and said, 'What's wrong with that guy?'" Sale told reporters, including's Jen McCaffrey. "It just seems like once he makes a great catch, it's like, all right, that's the best one. And then he makes another one, and ok, that's the best one now. It just seems like he's always raising the bar. It's fun to watch."

Less than a week after robbing the Yankees' Aaron Judge of a home run with his catch in the triangle at Fenway (below), Bradley explained yet another spectacular catch, this time to NESN's Jamai Webster.  

“Off the bat, it was well hit,” Bradley Jr. told Webster “Head[ed] towards the gap, I believe he had two strikes on him, so I was playing him toward the opposite field a little bit. I took off, tried to gauge as much as I possibly can, tried to time up my steps to try to make a leap...I wanted to go for it.”

"That's a big-time play by a big-time player," Sale said. 

"I don't know if you expect it, but I guess we're starting to, especially with what they're doing out there," Sale said. "Those guys, all four [outfielder, Bradley, Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and Chris Young], they work as hard as anybody, and they cover a lot of ground. I've said it before, it feels like we have four outfielders out there sometimes playing in the same game. It definitely doesn't go unnoticed by us as pitchers, and I think our whole team appreciates the effort all the way around."

On Twitter, JBJ's play drew an "Angels In The Outfield" comparison from fellow center fielder Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles.