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Carl Crawford resumes swinging a bat

Mar 17, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

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Carl Crawford is expected to miss the start of the season following a setback with his surgically-repaired left wrist, but he did make some progress yesterday.

Crawford was able to take 15 “controlled swings” in the cage with both hands, the first time he’s done so since his setback, after which he told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that he “felt fine” and had “no pain or anything.”

Crawford admitted that he likely pushed himself too soon following surgery, so Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said they plan to monitor him closely in the coming days in an effort to avoid another setback.

“It’s great to see,’’ Valentine said. “We’re totally controlling it. I’ve had too many meetings on it so far, that’s how many meetings I’ve had. Too many. So we’re going to control it and he gets it. It’s a designed program that he’s going to stick to.”

Crawford also began throwing this week, but it’s not clear when he’ll begin taking live batting practice or whether he’ll play in any Grapefruit League games. As of now, it appears offseason acquisitions Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney will start in the corner outfield spots for the first few weeks of the season.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 17, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Crawford will be out to prove a lot this season. Should be interesting to watch this guy.

    • wendell7 - Mar 17, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      I’ll bet he has a pretty nice season this year, closer to what we were accustomed to seeing him do in Tampa.

    • bigharold - Mar 17, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      “Crawford will be out to prove a lot this season.”

      If you ask me that was the problem last year, .. he tried too hard to live up to his contract. Crawford is an impact player but he’s not a dominant player, .. he can’t carry a team. I’d bet money that he injured his wrist this year because he went too hard too early. Then he came back from the injury too early and injured it bunting of all things. I see a pattern here and it’s not good. He is pressing and it’s causing more problems than it’s solving. He pushes too hard again and this could cause issues for the entire year if not permanent problems. Throw another subpar year on top of last year and sees whst the reaction of the Nation will be.

      Whether you think he was overpaid or not, (and I think he was), he can’t continue to try to be more than he was for the Rays. He’s not a HR hitter or even a defensive wizard. He’s got a decent bat, great speed and plays decent defense. He needs to keep being that guy. It’s laudable that Crawford sees his responsibility to the team and fans but he needs to ratchet it down a notch a play within his abilities. This is one of those situations where more is less and he needs to step back. He needs to focus on playing his game and forget about trying to live up to the God awful contract the RS handed out.

      As a Yankee fan I want him 100% so that I can get some additional satisfaction when he Yankees smack the RS around this year.

    • 24missed - Mar 18, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      He’s the man. I can’t wait to watch him steal the bags. Unless they put a Molasses in front of him, this guy’ll be Speedy Carl Crawford! Molasses being a category of players that run in slow motion.

  2. paperlions - Mar 17, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Presumably, this is the first time he’s picked up a bat since 2010.

    • emic13 - Mar 17, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      ?

  3. drewzducks - Mar 17, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    I’m less concerned with him being able to swing a bat and more concerned with him being able to hit something with it.

    • pisano - Mar 17, 2012 at 7:34 PM

      ….or in the field, catch a ball. Overrated offense and defense, another thanks to Theo.

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