Red Sox pregame notes

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Red Sox pregame notes

CHICAGO -- Assorted news, notes and health updates from pre-game.

After adding one lefty reliever (Rich Hill) to their roster Friday, it may not be long before the Sox add another.

Andrew Miller is continuing his rehab assignment at Pawtucket and might be close to a call-up.

"Ben (Cherington) talked to him when Rich came up,'' said Bobby Valentine. "He feels he's close and we feel he's close. (We'd like to see) a little more consistency. He's throwing well.''

Miller pitched an inning for Pawtucket Wednesday. In eight rehab outings -- two with Greenville and six with Pawtucket -- he's struck out 15 in 8 13 innings while allowing four runs.

Cody Ross was back in the lineup after missing Thursday with some left knee soreness.

"He's got a bounce in his step,'' said Valentine. "Says he's O.K.''

Carl Crawford is back in Fort Myers following his visit to Dr. James Andrews, but doesn't plan to stay there long.

He's expected to be back in Boston when the team returns to begin a homestand Monday.

Crawford has been shutdown from all baseball activity for the time being. Valentine said the length of the down time would be determined by Crawford's "tolerance when he gets ready to start doing things.''

Hawkins says he passed up more lucrative deals to sign with Patriots

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Hawkins says he passed up more lucrative deals to sign with Patriots

The Patriots went into Wednesday with what could have passed as the deepest receiving group in team history, yet by lunchtime they had added another. 

Former Browns and Bengals wideout Andrew Hawkins announced on Twitter (via uSTADIUM) that he had chose to come to terms with New England. He explained that the opportunity to work with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick proved to be enough to convince him that he should pass up more lucrative offers from other clubs.

"After giving it a lot of though, I've decided that I'm going to join the New England Patriots," he said. "Super excited about the opportunity, man, to join the reigning football champions. In Cleveland, I said it was about joining a contender, and the Patriots are the contender, the reigning champs.

"The program is top-notch, and you get the opportunity to play with the best quarterback and the best coach in NFL history, man, so it's super exciting. It was never really about the money. To be honest, I passed up on deals that were probably double the compensation . . . but it was all about winning for me at this point, and putting myself in the best position to do so."

Hawkins (5-foot-7, 180 pounds) may be a familiar name to Patriots fans as he caught four passes for a season-high 56 yards and one touchdown against New England in Week 5 of last season. He finished the year with 33 catches for 324 yards and three scores. The 31-year-old has recently seen his name in the headlines as he completed his Sports Management degree at Columbia and graduated last week. 

The Patriots have receivers room that's currently pretty loaded with talent. Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell figure to make up the top end of the depth chart, while former practice-squad wideouts Devin Street, Devin Lucien and DeAndrew White figure to compete for playing time as do undrafted rookies Austin Carr and Cody Hollister.

"Nothing's for sure. I got my work cut out for me. It's an opportunity," Hawkins said. "That's how I'm approaching it. Going there and seeing how I stack up with the best and try to earn my keep and prove my worth. I'm jsust excited to get there, get to work, and hopefully I can be part of something special and kind of join that Patriot legacy."