Red Sox notes: Nava, Cook, Bailey

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Red Sox notes: Nava, Cook, Bailey

TORONTO After Fridays win over the Blue Jays, in which Daniel Nava went 4-for-5 -- a career high in hits, with a career-high three extra-base hits, all doubles -- with three runs scored, and an RBI, manager Bobby Valentine said he may give Nava Saturday off.

Instead, Nava is in the lineup, in the lead-off spot. The Sox are 5-0 in his Navas career as a lead-off hitter.

Nava has started in left field in each of the 22 games since he was called up from Pawtucket on May 10. He has reached base safely in 20 of the 22 games.

Nava is batting .314 (22-for70) with two home runs and 16 RBI. He is batting .383 with a .617 slugging percentage from the left side, just .174.391 from the right

Right-hander Aaron Cook, on the disabled list since May 12 with a left knee laceration, is progressing Valentine said.

He felt good, Valentine said. Talking with him, he felt good, laceration doing well, and hes ready to start full mound activities.

Once Cook starts on the mound, Valentine was unsure how long it would take the right-hander to get ready for a rehab assignment. But, once on the assignment, Cook would likely make at least three appearances of two, three-plus, and five innings before hes really pitching.

Adrian Gonzalez is making his ninth start, all in the last 14 games, in right field Saturday. It is just his first start on turf. Valentine said he was confident Gonzalez could make the plays in right on the turf.

Left fielder Carl Crawford, who has been on the DL all season after surgery on his left wrist in mid-January and a subsequent ailing left elbow, could begin throwing by the end of the week, Valentine said.

Closer Andrew Bailey, on the DL since the beginning of the season after surgery on his right thumb, has been throwing from 90 feet. He is expected to be at Fenway for the next homestand, which begins Tuesday.

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Pablo Sandoval hit his fourth home run of the spring and Rusney Castillo had three hits to lead a Red Sox split squad to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla. 

Sandoval, who has won back his third base job after missing nearly all of last season following surgery on his left shoulder, connected for a three-run shot, batting right-handed, against Rays starter Ian Snell in the fifth inning. The switch-hitting Sandoval had abandoned hitting right-handed in 2015, his last full season with the Red Sox.

He's hitting .353 this spring with a 1.051 OPS and 19 RBI.

Castillo, the Cuban outfielder signed to a seven-year, $72 million deal late in 2014 but again likely headed for Triple-A Pawtucket, went 3-for-4 and is hitting .368 this spring. Catcher Blake Swihart, also probably Pawtucket-bound, had two hits and is hitting .325.


 

Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Kyle Kendrick strengthened his bid for a spot in the rotation by allowing two runs in six innings and striking out six and Jackie Bradley homered as a Red Sox split squad played to a 3-3 tie with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Kendrick, 32, a non-roster invitee to spring training, allowed eight hits and a walk in his sixth start this spring. He's been the Red Sox best starter with an ERA of 2.17. 

With David Price out until May and lefty Drew Pomeranz still a question mark, Kendrick could find his way into the rotation behind Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez.

Bradley went 2-for-3 with his third homer of the spring. He's hitting .244 in spring training games. 

The Phillies pushed across the tying run in the ninth off lefty reliever Robby Scott, the first run he's allowed this spring in 10 innings. 

The Minnesota Twins host the Red Sox on Sunday at 1:05 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.