Injury notes: Ross, Cook progressing well

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Injury notes: Ross, Cook progressing well

MIAMI -- The Red Sox had planned for outfielder Cody Ross to begin his rehab assignment next week when the team returns home from its current road trip. But Ross is feeling so good that the team has moved up his schedule and now Ross will begin a three-day stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox in Buffalo this Friday.

Ross, who suffered a broken bone in his foot last month, was scheduled to run at full throttle for the first time Monday. He'll take batting practice, take fly bals and continue to run while the Sox are here.

"I don't foresee anything being an issue,'' said Ross. "I've been hitting on the field and I injured it hitting. It feels great. I've been running. I ran about 80 percent Sunday and have no soreness today. It's all positive stuff.

"I don't think baserunning will be an issue, or agility.''

Aaron Cook, who has been out after suffering a gash below his left kneecap last month, will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday at Lowell of the New York-Penn League.

"Everything's doing well,'' reported Cook. "No restrictions. I'm able to run, throw, lift. I'm making progress in the right direction.''

Cook estimated that he would be limited to 45-50 pitches Wednesday, with two more rehab starts scheduled after that.

Daniel Nava, who was scratched Sunday because of a sore left hand, was out of the lineup again Monday night. Manager Bobby Valentine said the outfielder "probably needs another day or so.''

Carl Crawford took live batting practice and is scheduled to increase the distance on his throws from 45 feet to 75 feet Tuesday. He'll go to Fort Myers when the team leaves Miami.

Boston pitchers strike out 14, but Red Sox still fall to Rays, 7-3

Boston pitchers strike out 14, but Red Sox still fall to Rays, 7-3

The appearance of Tampa Bay Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough almost got the Boston Red Sox back in their spring training exhibition game. The Sox managed to score all three of their runs against the 25-year-old in their 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida on Sunday.

But the Rays, who scored runs in five different innings, managed to widen their lead in the eighth inning by beating up on Sox lefty Luis Isla, a 24-year-old who spent last season with Portland and Pawtucket. In the eighth, Rays' Joe McCarthy homered and Luke Maile managed an RBI single, which cappped off the scoring in the contest. Sox starter Hector Velazquez allowed three hits and an earned run in his two innnings. The 28-year-old, who spent 2016 in the Mexican League, still managed to amass four strikeouts.

"I was a little nervous at the start, being in the United States for the first time and playing for a big league club for the first time," Velazquez told RedSox.com through an interpreter. "But once I got the first out, all the nerves went away, and I was able to bear down."

Despite allowing two homers, Boston pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts.

With the exception of the Sox' inning against Yarbrough, Boston's veterans and prospects struggled mighltily against the Rays pitching staff. Chris Archer started for Tampa, and set the tone in the first two innings, where he threw two strikeouts, one walk and allowed one hit and no runs. Andrew Benintendi (0-for-3), Sam Travis (0-for-2) and Bryce Brentz (0-for-3) went hitless on the day. Travis, however, reached base on balls.

"I felt good. I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish," Archer said, via the Red Sox' team website. "Just out there having fun, it was really fun to be out there in the spectrum with the umpire, the fans, the batter. It was fun."

Marco Hernandez's triple got the Sox' eighth-inning off to a strong start, and singles from Matt Dominguez, Deven Marrero, Rusney Castillo and Cole Sturgeon followed. The Sox' eighth inning scoring ended after Castillo got thrown out by left fielder McCarthy at third. Six Red Sox finished with one-hit outings, including Brock Holt and Blake Swihart.

The Sox will next host the St. Louis Cardinals in Fort Myers on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET.