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Carl Crawford had a setback in recovery from wrist surgery

Mar 2, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

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Carl Crawford was not able to swing a bat today and has resumed taking medication after experiencing a setback in his recovery from left wrist surgery.

Crawford told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that the setback occurred when he was practicing bunting Wednesday and the medication is for inflammation in the wrist.

As recently as last week Crawford was hopeful about making a speedy enough recovery to be in the Opening Day lineup, but those odds now seem pretty long. Initially when Crawford went under the knife in January the expectation was that he’d miss at least the first few weeks of the season, leaving Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney as the Red Sox’s starting corner outfielders.

  1. uyf1950 - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    WOW, I’m going to go out on a limb and say the Red Sox didn’t need to include in his contract when they signed him to that 7 yr/$142MM deal that he couldn’t be traded to the Yankees. This keeps up they won’t have to worry at all about who to trade him to for the next 6 years..

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but it’s bizarre how many players sign big deals and then either get very hurt or downgrade their performance. It’s just odd.

    • jason1214 - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      Isn’t it though? The primary problem is most of these players are not worth the annual contract they sign to begin with.

      • marshmallowsnake - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:15 PM

        In all reality, no player is worth more money then say a teacher or someone with a meaningful job…however, this is the world we live in.

      • buffalochris - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:51 PM

        Hey [marshmallowsnake ]….. would you pay $350 for 3hrs of entertainment at Yankee Stadium watching 25 teachers play baseball? Your comment is pathetic!

        I’m sure you don’t think that the owners should pocket ALL the Gate profits and $9 in profit built into my $11 beer at the stadium do you?

        So what then….. maybe use it to cover ObamaCare?

        You should pay the talent…. and it isn’t their fault that there is such a HUGE revenue pool that creates the current situation of player salaries.

        I’m sure you’ve got some more brilliance in you…

      • dmobin - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:18 PM

        marshmallowsnake – supply and demand is what determines what a player gets paid. If there were only 750 teachers in this country that could teach at a high level, then they would get paid millions as well. Even the worse player on a teams 40 man roster is still better than 99% of the baseball players in the world.

    • Alex K - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:43 PM

      I think hat has more to do with guys bot hitting free agency until they are 28-30. People are more likely to decline/breakdown/not recover as fast at those ages.

      • Alex K - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:43 PM

        bot=not

  3. crispybasil - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    The setback occured two weeks ago, but Crawford told the Red Sox on Wednesday.

    • uyf1950 - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      He was waiting to get his apology from John Henry before he said anything.

    • dmobin - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      Where did you read this? Globe report says it occurred two days ago. Earlier this week he was taking swings and observers said he was swinging freely.

  4. jason1214 - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    You are correct Marshmallowsnake,
    But as long as we the fans pay the ticket prices, buy the team attire, and drink up the beer/food.
    Professional sports contracts will continue to rise, I can’t blame the players for taking the money.

  5. davebrownspiral - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    As a Yankees fan, it is good to see the Red Sox get a “Carl” of their own who signs a huge contract with big expectations, and is seemingly overwhelmed by the big stage that is New York/Boston and dogs his way through the entirety of the contract. It is good to see Mr. Crawford following in Mr. Pavano’s footsteps.

    • anxovies - Mar 3, 2012 at 12:06 AM

      Carl Crawford hanging around the Red Sox’ neck like a dead albatross or a live Carl Pavano is too delicious to be enjoyed all at once. I want this to last for a while.

  6. ezthinking - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Ball players are worth every dime they make. It’s called entertainment. Ever see what actors and singers get paid? How about Oprah or Rush Limbaugh, $20-50 million a year. Overpaid? Jim Carey $15 mil a movie.

    The bigger regret has to be not signing Beltre. Power ages better than speed.

    • Alex K - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      I think you have that backwards. Big slow power hitters usually decline faster because they tend to not be as athletic. Beltre doesn’t fit into the big slow slugger category, however, so your point is taken.

    • jason1214 - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      So we can agree they are ALL overpaid LOL

    • JBerardi - Mar 3, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      “Power ages better than speed.”

      Who on earth told you that was true? Athleticism is what ages well, and there’s more of a connection between speed and athleticism than between power and athleticism. Look at Rickey Henderson, Kenny Lofton, Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter (arguably a power guy as well but clearly an athlete)… I mean, hell, did you really think Juan Pierre would still be hanging around? And when speed guys don’t age well it’s usually because they’re middle infielders and they got hurt or just wore out playing the infield. If you’re looking for a player that’s going to age well, a fast lefty outfielder is the way to go.

      But of course, there’s no guarantees.

  7. randygnyc - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Sorry Carl, but I LOVE reading this.

  8. pisano - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    All I can say is when Theo leaves his mark it last for seven years. I know John Henry will be thinking about Theo for the length of Crawfords contract.

  9. tropboi11 - Mar 3, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    I never thought I could say this but I dont feel bad any more that the Rays couldn’t keep CC and that he went to Redsux. We got the new CC anyway in Desmond Jennings and we have a top 5 starting pitching staff in all of mlb. Go Rays!!!

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