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Crawford two weeks away from throwing

BOSTON -- Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford (elbow) is up to 60 “aggressive” swings off a tee and is 10 days to two weeks away from throwing.

“That’s going to be the true test,” Crawford said. “I can do all this stuff, but the true test is whenever I start back throwing and finally get to see how that feels. That’s when I’ll know where I’m at.”

As far as his cage work, Crawford said it’s going well and his strength is improving.

“I’m just going day by day. I don’t ask questions or nothing like that,” Crawford said. “I’m just taking hacks in the cage. My strength is pretty good and I’ve been building that up, so I feel really good turning the bat loose, but swinging was never the problem. I don’t feel like I’ve had any setbacks doing that.”

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine explained that the rehabbing left fielder will begin a simulated kinetic throwing program Tuesday in preparation to throw when he’s given medical clearance.

“Mechanically we’re going to try to get his legs, his front side and all the things that go into the proper throwing motion and try to get them mechanically in sync,” Valentine said.

Crawford is under the watchful eye of the team’s training staff while he hits in the cage and simulates throwing.

“I’d like his hitting program and his throwing program to be supervised as much as possible, especially at the beginning,” Valentine said.