Video: Bobby V sits down with BBTN

March, 6, 2012
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Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine sat down with ESPN's John Kruk, a former colleague, to discuss the first couple weeks of camp and some of his key players. A few excerpts:

* On Daniel Bard converting to starter: "Re-taught himself a windup during the winter. He has a repertoire of pitches now that includes three, working on four. There's a good chance with that arm in the staff that we'll have four strong ones."

* On the way things ended last season for the Sox: "Everyone brought up how miserable they felt. (Dustin) Pedroia was telling me about how he couldn't sleep and it was eating at him all winter long."

* On his camp being different: "They basically will all be here to relearn what to do. And I want them to figure out when to do it. That means to be on time when they're doing it. They're doing more reps but it's a shag-free spring training, so there's no standing around. For the most part, they're out of here at the same time or earlier than they were before. I think at the end of the day most of them said they're tired and I think that's a good thing."

* On Carl Crawford's injury setback: "I'm concerned that he's not here working with the group. Its killing him. He's the first guy in the clubhouse. He sweats every day. He's in the training room. He's running. He's shagging fly balls. He was so anxious to get in the cage he kind of swung too many times and irritated the situation he was correcting with an operation in January. He got pushed back a week, which is probably going to put him on schedule for something other than Opening Day."

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