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Bobby V on CC, Bailey, and the waltz

3/9/2012

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Bobby Valentine offered updates on Carl Crawford, Andrew Bailey and the Viennese waltz during his media briefing Friday.

* Crawford played a light game of catch Friday, 35 throws at 60 feet. The next step will be for him to do some light swinging off a tee in the cage. Valentine said the Sox are determined that he not experience another setback like the one that shut him down for the last week. “I’m not planning on him” for Opening Day, he reiterated.

Valentine was asked if he believed he has sufficient outfield depth here to open the season without Crawford. “If everyone performs the way they’ve got to,’’ he said.

He’ll have a better idea about that, he said, when hitters get up to about 35 spring at-bats.

* Bailey, the Sox closer, threw to hitters Friday and is on the board to pitch in his first spring training game here Monday. Valentine said the team has mapped out for Bailey to throw 7 innings over 7 appearances in camp, and at some point may have Bailey throw an extra inning in the bullpen after his outing to simulate a two-inning stint. He may do the same with other relievers.

“I think it’s important for Andrew to get comfortable with this group and this group comfortable with him,’’ Valentine said. “And he has to have some success down here.’’

Valentine did say that he is “real concerned” that Bailey will be healthy coming out of camp, and acknowledged that he has given thought to Alfredo Aceves closing if something were to happen to Bailey.

* Valentine said pitcher Aaron Cook, who is scheduled to pitch out of the pen on Sunday, could be ready by Opening Day, but said Ross Ohlendorf may need extra time.

* First baseman Lars Anderson may play some left field in spring training.

* Left-hander Andrew Miller said his elbow feels fine and he is scheduled to throw on the side Saturday.

* And about that Viennese waltz: Valentine explained the entry in his bio in the team’s media guide that he took part in the 1964 World’s Fair. “I did the Viennese waltz in the New York State Pavilion to the song, Moon River,’’ said Valentine, who would have been 13 at the time. “All day long.’’

He couldn’t remember how that came about. He thinks it may have come as a result of winning a dance competition at the Waldorf-Astoria.