Found February 26, 2012 on Ted's Army:

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Left fielder Carl Crawford is still optimistic – if cautiously, so – about being in the Red Sox lineup on Opening Day.
“That’s the goal of mine to try to be in the lineup for Opening Day,” he said after Saturday’s workout. “I’m not sure if that’s going to happen or not but that’s definitely my goal and definitely what I’m working hard to get to.”
Crawford is rehabbing from arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist in January.

“The wrist is coming along fine,” he said. “I’m about to take a few swings right now and see how that feels. But it definitely feels strong. I just have a little soreness in it at times. But it’s coming along well.”

CSNNE: Crawford ahead of schedule, eyes opening day

This is great news for the Red Sox and Carl Crawford. If all remains well for Crawford, we can avoid the "who will fill in" conversations and not have to deal with people throwing out crazy and illogical solutions. Hopefully his recovery stays on track and he is ready to redeem himself because if he is not, we may have another J.D. Drew on our hands. Too harsh?

By the way, Crawford accepted John Henry's apology, now lets can that situation.

Related links: ESPNBoston: Crawford wants to play opening day

On Page 2, The pursuit of perfection includes snack time.

"We're definitely getting our workouts in, for sure," reliever Andrew Bailey said. "He's preaching excellence, and the way you get excellent at something is repetition and doing things the right way, all the way from timing to fielding ground balls right and flipping balls right. Doing all the little things right."

The best part of the day for Youkilis, though? Definitely the team's five-minute snack break.

"It makes you think you're back in camp again. It's a lot of fun," he said. "I'm not going to lie to you. We get applesauce and little granola bars."

Providence Journal: Full-squad workouts include snack time

Does that include a half-pint of milk or a juice box? If they are really good, they get rewarded with nap time, but that might take some time.

All kidding aside, for now, I like what Valentine is doing in camp. Change everything up and make everything about the team. He seems to know the fundamentals about team building and he is using them all out of the gate. I'm looking forward to the results.

The rest of the links:

Globe: Henry's chatter minimal | Owning up after fall of '11 | ESPNBoston: Good morning from the Fort | Herald: Athletics are getting a changed Manny Ramirez | WEEI: Crawford accepts John Henry's apology


John Henry plans to aplogize to Crawford

  We all know John Henry was not in favor of pursuing and signing Carl Crawford as he made that public in an interview shortly after the end of last season. Four months later, John Henry plans to apologize to Carl Crawford for those comments when they meet. Henry did not speak at the meeting, delegating that responsibility to Werner, Lucchino, GM Ben Cherington and manager...

Carl Crawford, John Henry Clear the Air, Outfielder Ready to Turn Page, Focus on 2012

There was a lot of talk following John Henry's comment back in October about not supporting the Red Sox' signing of Carl Crawford. He and the Boston outfielder have cleared the air, though, and are back on the same page for 2012. Henry apologized to Crawford on Saturday, which will officially enable the two to move on. Crawford was satisfied with the apology, saying that...

Red Sox owner Henry to apologize to OF Crawford

Boston Red Sox owner John Henry intends to apologize to outfielder Carl Crawford on Saturday for publicly saying that he was against his signing. Henry told 98.5 The Sports Hub in October that he wasn't enamored with the decision to offer Crawford a seven-year, $142 million contract. "In fact, anyone involved in the process, anybody involved in upper management with the...

John Henry Intends to Apologize to Carl Crawford for Critical Remarks

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Carl Crawford may have an apology coming his way. Earlier this week, the outfielder admitted he "wasn't happy" with Red Sox owner John Henry's critical remarks about his signing. Back in October, Henry said he was "personally opposed" to inking Crawford to a seven-year, $142 million deal. While speaking with reporters Saturday,...

Crawford laments lost season, eyes rebound

When the 2011 season finally ended, Carl Crawford was emotionally drained and physically spent. "I can't even describe how bad last year was," he said. "Going through failure for the first time, it was hard to deal with."

Bobby Valentine More Optimistic on Carl Crawford's Chances of Playing on Opening Day

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– For Carl Crawford, the recovery is ahead of schedule. After swinging off a tee earlier this week, the Red Sox left fielder took roughly "25 to 30 swings" in the cage on Saturday. So far, Crawford's surgically repaired wrist hasn't hampered him. "The wrist is coming along fine," Crawford said. "I started [swinging] a couple...

Red Sox owner Henry apologizes to Crawford

Red Sox owner John Henry apologized to outfielder Carl Crawford on Saturday for a comment he made during the offseason about initially being against his signing.

HBT: Crawford, Red Sox owner make up

<img align="left" border="0" src="" alt="HBT: Carl Crawford says Red Sox owner John Henry was "genuinely sorry" for earlier disparaging comments." style="margin:0 5px 5px 0" />HBT: Carl Crawford says Red Sox owner John...

Henry to apologize to Crawford about remarks

Red Sox owner John Henry said Saturday morning that he plans on apologizing to Carl Crawford for saying in a radio interview that he initially opposed the signing that brought the left fielder to Boston.

Red Sox owner Henry to apologize to Crawford

Red Sox owner John Henry said Saturday morning he plans on apologizing to outfielder Carl Crawford later in the day for a comment he made during the offseason about initially being against his signing.

A busy day for Crawford

For Carl Crawford, it could not have been a more productive day. The Red Sox left fielder had a one-on-one meeting with John Henry yesterday to discuss the owner’s comments last fall that he didn’t want to sign Crawford.

Red Sox owner John Henry will apologize to Carl Crawford for remarks

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MLB Preview: Boston Red Sox

2011 RecapThe team was expected to win the AL East after bringing in Adrian Gonzalez (1B) via trade with San Diego and Carl Crawford (LF) through free agency. While Gonzalez (.338 BA, 27 HR, 117 RBI) played well, Crawford struggled for much of the season, ending up batting just .255 with 11 HR, 65 Runs, 56 RBI in 130 games, and was at one point slid down to seventh in the batting...
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