Notes: Cameron looking at time in right field

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Notes: Cameron looking at time in right field

By SeanMcAdam
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mike Cameron, who played center field for the Red Sox last year before going down with a sports hernia, will likely see more action in right field this season, according to Terry Francona.

The arrival of Carl Crawford and the return of a healthy Jacoby Ellsbury has pushed Cameron out of the starting lineup. But he nicely complements the left-hand-hitting J.D. Drew and could see plenty of action in right against lefty starters.

"Cam's played right,'' said Francona. "He's only played a couple of games in left. I don't anticipate him playing left very much. But you'll see him in spring training played a lot of right field.''

Cameron hit .357 -- in limiting playing time -- against lefties while batting only .225 against righties.

Meanwhile, Francona said on the rare days Crawford sits, Ellsbury would remain in center rather switching to left, where he played last season.

"I guess I would want to talk to those guys about that,'' said Francona. "But if Jacoby's playing everyday in center, I'd just as soon leave him there.''

For years, the Red Sox used "shuttle runs'' -- 300-yard sprints back and forth across the field -- as a way to test and measure conditioning of their players.

This year, however, the team has changed course and will use the runs only to further conditioning, not measure it.

"We just felt like with guys coming off injuries and the way guys compete,'' said Terry Francona, "we just decided to (do testing) inside (the clubhouse facility). We just thought we were putting the guys in awkward conditions. Some we didn't want to run it; some we thought were running too hard. So we just decided we'd do as part of conditioning.''

Starting Tuesday, pitchers will begin throwing bullpen sessions, building up arm strength.

Pitchers will throw two bullpen sessions, then, after a day off, will throw two live batting practice sessions before seeing any game action.

Among the players reporting Monday: catcher Jason Varitek, shortstop Jose Iglesias, pitchers Dan Wheeler, Matt Albers and Alfredo Aceves.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.