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Padilla strains hamstring in weight room

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Last year, people groused because Red Sox pitchers weren’t doing enough to stay in condition.

This spring, Sox pitchers are in fine shape, except when they venture into the training room.

First it was closer Andrew Bailey, straining a lat muscle while doing the vertical jump test. Now it’s starter Vicente Padilla, who according to manager Bobby Valentine strained a hamstring in the weight room Monday. Valentine said trainers will need 24 hours to determine the severity of the injury.

Padilla had been making a bid for a job in the starting rotation. He conceivably could end up in the bullpen, but has made it clear his preference is starting. Padilla is competing with a group that includes Felix Doubront, who may have the edge because he is out of options; Aaron Cook, who draws the start Thursday night against the Yankees (televised on ESPN), and Alfredo Aceves, who professes indifference to starting or relieving.

Other notes:

* The daily Carl Crawford update from Valentine: He took 25 swings and played catch from 120 feet.

* Outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who has not appeared in a game since March 11, ran hard Monday and is batting sixth and playing right field Tuesday night. He'll be getting a lot of playing time in the coming days, Valentine said.

* Valentine said he is not ready to declare Daniel Bard his No. 4 starter. The decision to convert Bard, who is starting Tuesday night against Toronto, to starter was one Valentine inherited when he became manager.

“I’m not there yet,’’ he said. “I don’t know that anybody is necessarily being analyzed in a vacuum on this whole team, so again it’s what the team needs, how he looks at what he’s doing, how he fits into that rotation and people who come into the game when he leaves. He’s done real well. He’s going to make the team.’’