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Carl Crawford aims to play in extended spring training games next week

Apr 14, 2012, 11:31 AM EST

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The Red Sox might be without Jacoby Ellsbury for at least the next six weeks due to a separated right shoulder, but at least there’s some encouraging news about Carl Crawford to pass along.

According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Crawford took batting practice on the field before yesterday’s home opener against the Rays. He returned to Boston this week to have his sore left elbow checked out, but the condition is not serious and he’s expected to return to Florida this weekend to resume his rehab from January wrist surgery.

While he’ll be eased into action as a designated hitter, Crawford told Abraham that he hopes to begin playing in extended spring training games next week.

“This was the week I was scheduled to play games,’’ he said. “It’s just a little setback. It’s just a strain and we’re going to have to work on it a little bit. I’m guessing I’ll be playing some games next week, hopefully.

It was frustrating because I was looking forward to playing those games. It got pushed back a week, so I’ll just have to wait a little longer and be patient.’’

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine previously estimated that Crawford would likely need at least 50 at-bats between extended spring training and a rehab assignment before coming off the disabled list, so it’s unlikely we’ll see him until May.

  1. randygnyc - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    And nowmwith the loss of glassbury, the sox will rush Crawford back into predictable results. DELICIOUS.

    • cinfante54 - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      So because Ellsbury has suffered two freak injuries in his career that can happen to ANYONE, he’s made of glass? Oh I guess that’s why he had a career year last year and was 2nd in MVP voting.

      • wendell7 - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

        Arguably could have/should have won the MVP

    • wendell7 - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:55 PM

      Hey randy, how was Phil Hughes today?

      Pretty DELICIOUS ?

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