Bobby talks Crawford, Dice-K, Jenks

February, 20, 2012

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manger Bobby Valentine had a busy day both on and off the field on Monday.

He talked about the arrival of Carl Crawford, and the status of pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka, Aaron Cook and Bobby Jenks. Valentine also mentioned he would implement a new set of rules for the clubhouse at Fenway Park.

He said he has made a decision on whether to allow beer in the clubhouse, but would not disclose it.

“I’ve decided what should happen, pretty sure we decided,” Valentine said. “I’m not going to say what we decided. I think the players should hear it first.”

Valentine added he would not bring it up when he meets with the entire team for the first time.

“I don’t have it planned out,” he said. “It’s a long time before we go to the home clubhouse.”

Crawford gets to work: Carl Crawford shagged balls in the outfield and threw a bit Monday, which was a little surprising since he had surgery on his left wrist in early January. Valentine said he spoke with the training staff and the plan is to check with Crawford on Tuesday morning. If the evaluation goes well, he could start swinging a bat sooner rather than later.

Dice-K throws: Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka threw a bullpen session on Monday. However, even though Valentine said the right-hander looks and feels good, Dice-K is not expected to pitch in a Grapefruit League game this spring.

“His arm feels good. He thinks his mechanics are way off,” Valentine said. “He’s healthy and he’s on that recovery pace that all rehab guys are on. He’s on a very good pace. I don’t think he’ll pitch in spring training.”

Matsuzaka was limited to eight games (seven starts) in 2011 and ultimately had Tommy John surgery.

Cook warms up: Pitcher Aaron Cook tossed 35 pitches in the bullpen in order for the training staff to determine whether he’s a step behind. Valentine admitted Cook has dealt with shoulder issues in the past and the team does not want to ramp him up too soon.

Jenks on hold: Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks dealt with a lot of health issues during the offseason and there are no immediate plans to get him back on the field anytime soon. According to Valentine, Jenks told the Red Sox that he would like to take it “one week at a time.”

“That says he’s a long ways away from thinking about baseball activities,” Valentine said. “He’s really had a terrible offseason health-wise. He’s a real back-burner guy. We don’t expect to see him in any baseball activities for a while.”

The right-hander, who was limited to 19 games in 2011 due to various injuries, had two surgeries on his back this winter. He was also diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism last September.

Valentine said he expects Jenks could be a midseason addition.

Lineup preview?: When asked if he knew where Crawford would hit in the lineup, Valentine said it’s way too early to know what his batting order will look like.

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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