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Carl Crawford ran the bases today

Jul 5, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

Red Sox Crawford runs to first on single against Milwaukee Brewers during first inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game in Boston

The timetable for Carl Crawford‘s return is still up in the air, but he continues to make progress in his rehab from a hamstring injury.

Crawford was able to run the bases this afternoon for the first time since being placed on the disabled list last month, according to Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com. More specifically, he ran from first base to second and from first to third. He was also able to take batting practice.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona hasn’t dismissed the possibility that Crawford could be back before the All-Star break, but said that he won’t rush him back just to play one game.

“If he’s ready on Sunday, we would probably wait,” Francona said. “If he’s ready before that, (general manager) Theo (Epstein) and I need to sit down and talk to Carl, which we will do. If you’re going to play one game when you’re supposed to have another four days (off) you’ll take the four days.”

Crawford is hitting .243/.275/.384 with six homers, 31 RBI, eight stolen bases and a .659 OPS over his first 277 plate appearances this season.

  1. pisano - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Boston must be going through hell without that .243 average in the lineup.

    • uyf1950 - Jul 6, 2011 at 12:40 PM

      pisano, my friend how are you doing? I find the headline of this blog almost laughable. Crawford hasn’t run the bases for the Red Sox almost the entire year. He’s practicing for something that up to now he hasn’t had a need for.

  2. 24missed - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Can’t wait to get him back!

  3. aceshigh11 - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Despite his underperformance, we DO need him back. He was on the verge of heating up when he got injured.

    I think he’ll be just fine, and we’ll be a better team with him in the lineup.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jul 5, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    Come on, he’s on that team and can’t find anything to help him heal quicker?

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 6, 2011 at 7:24 AM

      Your shtick is growing old.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 6, 2011 at 10:06 AM

        Come on, everyone on the planet knows Big Papi is Big Juicing and the ones that deny are fooling themselves.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    crawford=biggest 2010 free agent bust!!! And deathmonkey41 is 100% correct, big papi is big juicing!!

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