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Carl Crawford expected to begin taking at-bats in extended spring games this Tuesday

Apr 15, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

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Via Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal:

Carl Crawford will fly back to Fort Myers, Fla., on Monday and “more than likely” will play in his first extended-spring-training game on Tuesday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said.

Crawford has been on the 15-day disabled list since the start of the regular season due to lingering inflammation in his surgically-repaired left wrist.

He experienced a setback recently in the form of left elbow soreness, but it was only a minor issue and he was able to take batting practice Saturday in an indoor cage while the Red Sox hosted the Rays outside.

“He’s taken a lot of batting practice,” Valentine said Sunday morning. “He might have even been part of the inspiration for our play yesterday. He was taking it during the game in the cage. The sound was so loud that I think it inspired some of our guys to hit the ball hard. He was really making a loud noise in that batting cage.”

Crawford, who posted a disappointing .255/.289/.405 slash line in 2011, is expected to be ready in early May.

  1. mtm1321 - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Bust.

  2. hojo20 - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    I bet Jackie Robinson would’ve been playing in LF today. This primadonna is a bum.

  3. pisano - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Hopefully he can maintain that robust .255 BA. from last year, that’ll make all the difference in the world for Boston.

  4. buffalomafia - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Hurry up I need you in my fantasy bb lineup!

  5. kacapaco - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    He better be or will get cut!

  6. kacapaco - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Oh my bad. This is bb, where players employed-for-life(of the contract) like those fat a$$ public employees. He can sit on his fat butt and still get paid. Lucky CC.

    • oldpaddy - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:20 PM

      Howard Stern’s Penis!!!!

  7. 4Q - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Nice going away present from Theo Epstein to the Red Sox before bolting for a pig pay day with the very generous Cubs. Between Lackey and Crawford he’s left about $30-35 million on the DL. (Not including Dice-K either).

    • pisano - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      4Q…..Well put, Theo’s (The boy blunder) last few signings, as 4Q posted should never be forgotten by Boston fans, how could one guy screw a team so much? I’d love to see him show up at a Boston game without his famous gorilla suit.

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