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Carl Crawford admits he likely pushed himself too soon following wrist surgery

Mar 3, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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Carl Crawford was shut down and put on anti-inflammatory medication yesterday after suffering a setback with his surgically-repaired left wrist. The high-priced outfielder told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald this morning that the setback was likely the result of pushing himself too soon, especially after participating in bunting drills.

“Bunting didn’t help it,” he said. “Pretty sure just what I’ve been doing over the course of the week, bunting and swinging and throwing and just doing all the activities probably didn’t make it no better. The bunting, that was the final thing that probably took it over the edge.”

Crawford took one-handed swings in the batting cage this morning and hopes to resume two-handed swings “pretty soon,” possibly within the next couple of days.

Crawford still hopes to be ready for Opening Day, but the expectation following surgery was that he would miss at least the first few weeks of the season. This setback, however minor, renders his goal even more unrealistic. Offseason acquisitions Ryan Sweeney and Cody Ross project to start in the corner outfield spots until he is ready to return.

  1. bigharold - Mar 3, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    “… bunting, that was the final thing that probably took it over the edge.”

    It makes you wonder just how bad is that wrist.

    If I’m a card carrying member of the Nation I’m worried. It seems that he pressed too hard last season to live up to his contract which lead to a sub par year. Now he pushes too hard gets injured then pushes to return to quickly and makes things worse. While it’s laudable that he feels the need to play you wonder if the expectations of the new contract, .. added to the sub par year, .. added to this injury and setback will start haring a cumulative effect.

    He needs to take a step back, .. and be patient. This is the kind of injury that if not dealt with correctly could easily become a season long issue, .. resulting in another sub par year more self imposed pressure, .. to say nothing of how the Nation is going to react if he starts late and poorly. It’s not going to get better if they start booing him every time he comes to the plate.

    Unless RS handle this correctly this could effectively wad up another season for Crawford. You’d think they’d take better care of their 140 Mil investment. After the Elisbury debacle a couple of seasons ago you have to wonder whether it’s the players or the organization.

    • 24missed - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      Thanks Harold.

      Easy to lavish all the negativity towards Carl Crawford? Too many RS ‘fans’ I know exhibit this behavior. They call out a guy that actually cared, worked hard and took accountability. Stating the obvious, he did have the non-Carl Crawford aberration of a year, last year. He knows that better than anyone.

      I am so grateful to have a hard working guy on the team. This guy was just starting to swing. Just given the green light to start some swinging, not a lot of it. The next day he felt soreness and I believe, it was either that day or the next, Bobby V. had him bunting like crazy. That’s when he had the setback.

      Harold, you hit the nail on the head. I really don’t care how much Carl Crawford gets paid. It is a non-issue for me and out of my hands. The RS organization, however, ought to care more about the players if they want production for their money.

  2. chiadam - Mar 3, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Carl Soriano is right. Bunting probably didn’t make it no better. Hopefully stealing $140 million is good for the wrist.

  3. kingjoe1 - Mar 3, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    140 million, that is some serious cash. I think he can handle a sore wrist.

  4. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Mar 3, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    How long will Kevin Youkilis wait before he calls him out?

  5. jimbo1949 - Mar 3, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Well, at least he didn’t put his eye out.

  6. buffalomafia - Mar 3, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    This freakin guy is always hurt!

  7. tropboi11 - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Rays fan says “ha ha”

  8. uyf1950 - Mar 4, 2012 at 4:01 AM

    Well look on the bright side Red Sox Fans. Who ever replaces Crawford for the Month of April has to be better then he was in April 2011.

    BA: .155 ; OBP: .204 ; OPS: .431 ; HR’S: 1 ; RBI’s: 6 ; K’s: 17

    Like I said the bright side is the replacement can’t be any worse, can he?

  9. deathmonkey41 - Mar 4, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Sore wrist? Why doesn’t he just be a man, go into the clubhouse, have a couple of cold beers, and suck it up? Oh, that’s right…

    • pisano - Mar 4, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      deathmonkey41…. he’ll only drink beer with chicken on the side, no chicken, no beer! 142mil for this dud, that Theo gets a lot of bang for the buck.

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