Pregame notes: Scutaro cleared to work out


Pregame notes: Scutaro cleared to work out

By Danny Picard

BOSTON -- Marco Scutaro hasnt played since May 7 because of a strained oblique. But manager Terry Francona said Tuesday thatthe Red Sox shortstop has officially received the OK to do all baseball activities."

Hell be out on the field today, and well see where thattakes him and when, said Francona in Tuesdays pregame press conference. Itcould be as early as this weekend, maybe playing. Well see. Its just going tohave to go on completely on how hes doing.

Daisuke Matsuzaka had his right elbow examined by Dr.Lewis Yocum Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles, and Francona is waiting to hear the results.

I would imagine, pretty soon well be getting a phonecall, said the Red Sox manager.

The plan for Matsuzaka is for him torejoin the team in Boston on Wednesday, with the only real question being anexact timetable for a return to the mound.

In the meantime, with John Lackey returning to the rotationthis weekend, Francona gave his rotation for the Yankees series in New Yorknext week. Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett will get the call.

As for the fifth starter, Francona said on Tuesday that hesthinking of possibly mixing and matching Tim Wakefield and Alfredo Aceves.

Left-hander Franklin Morales had an MRI on his strainedleft forearm, and Francona was pleased that the results came backstructurally, very sound. Francona said Morales may even throw prior toTuesdays game with the White Sox.

Theres some swelling in his flexor mass, which Im sure iscausing him a little bit of what hes feeling, said Francona. But thats goodnews. He actually felt way better yesterday, than he did the day before, sothats good news.

We just want him to be able to go out and pitch like hecan. Its hard, especially a guy like him. He throws hard. And he reaches backand lets it go. Hes not a real finesse guy. We want to let him be able to dothat.

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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 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’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.