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Red Sox Pregame Notes: Bobby Valentine on his ‘manager no-no’ and Carl Crawford’s schedule

07.28.12 at 2:57 pm ET
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Outfielder Carl Crawford is not in the lineup because he’s on a “four-day program,” manager Bobby Valentine said on Saturday.

“I’m learning, I’m figuring it out what it is,” Valentine said. “It’s preventative and building up. Were preventing in his early going that he doesn’t overuse his elbow and that we’re building up tolerance as we go. I don’t think it’s going to be four days and a day off a year. I hope not. We’re building to a point to get beyond that.”

Crawford initially started the first six Red Sox games (in as many days) after the Red Sox activated him from the DL on July 16. Valentine said that, at that time, he ignored the plan that had been set up by the Sox for his usage.

“They told me before that game [when Crawford played beyond the four-game schedue] that he wasn’€™t playing, and I kind of did the old veto power. ‘€˜Who says he’s not playing?’€™ And I played him,” said Valentine. “I did a manager no-no thing and went against what I was told to do. Never to be done again.

‘€œI like to have Carl every day,” he added. “I’€™d like to have all my good players every day, but I understand the situation better now than I did then.”

Crawford, who smashed a solo shot on Friday night, has strong career numbers against Yankees starter CC Sabathia, against whom he is a career .319/.338/.449/.787 hitter. Still, Crawford has struggled thus far against lefties (4-for-20 with seven strikeouts and a walk), contributing to Valentine’s decision to sit him. (Daniel Nava, starting in left in place of Crawford, has never hit against Sabathia; he is hitting .148/.266/.241/.508 against lefties this year.)

“He has a four-day program, and I figured it’s better to play four of the next days than play this game and the three after this considering they’re all righthanders after today,” said Valentine.

OTHER NOTES

  • Valentine said Jon Lester, who is getting ready to throw his second game against the Yankees this season is hoping for a better start than his last one. In that game the 28-year-old allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings.

    “I think he’s feeling better than he’s felt in a couple years and because of that he’s made, possibly he’s trying to just use his stuff more and overpower more,” Valentine said. “Last couple years according to him he hasn’t felt as good physically as he feels right now and he had to pitch more. Hopefully today he’s going to take that good stuff and pitch and we’ll have a good result. That’s just a guess.”

  • Valentine also addressed other pitching issues with Andrew Bailey and Daisuke Matsuzaka, both of whom are schedule to pitch in rehab games soon.

    “[Bailey] threw that 25-pitch batting practice, he looked good,” Valentine. “He’s going to head out of here and go down south eventually to pitch an inning in the Gulf Coast League game coming up on maybe Monday.”

    Matsuzaka will throw a rehab start on Monday in Pawtucket in a “pitch-limited session,” Valentine said.

    “Right now I think he’s throwing the ball,” Valentine said. “The last session he had in the outfield and the mound were his best session so far since spring training.”

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