CHICAGO -- An update on a number of injured Red Sox players.
Carl Crawford threw from a distance of 110 feet Saturday and also took batting practice, giving rise to the hope that a start of a rehab assignment may not be far off.
"He threw the ball really well,'' said Valentine. "(Friday) he hit it very well. I've got to think he's getting very close to playing in a game.''
Jacoby Ellsbury is in Fort Myers, having traveled there from Miami when the Sox played three games there last week.
He's likely to remain in Fort Myers until it's time to begin his rehab assignment.
"He might come back for one more checkup,'' said Valentine.
Cody Ross began his rehab assignment with Pawtucket Saturday. The training staff thought Ross had some soreness in his left foot last week, but Ross maintained he was fine and began his rehab assignment, which is expected to be brief.
Aaron Cook, who has missed the last six weeks after suffering a gash in his left knee, will make a rehab start for Pawtucket Monday, with an expected pitch limit of 50-75 pitches.
Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.
Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.
Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double.
The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park.
CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games.
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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.