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Carl Crawford cleared to begin throwing program

Jun 8, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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We haven’t heard much about Carl Crawford‘s status lately, but Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox left fielder will begin a throwing program today as he works toward a comeback from wrist surgery and a partially torn elbow ligament.

Crawford told Abraham that his surgically repaired wrist is “pretty much 100 percent at this point.” However, the elbow injury that popped up in April remains an issue six weeks after Crawford received a platelet-rich plasma injection as part of his treatment.

Abraham reports that Crawford has been hitting and running this whole time, so once his elbow is strong enough to throw regularly he could be cleared to rejoin the Red Sox relatively quickly. Of course, right now there’s no timetable for that happening and he hasn’t even played catch yet.

It’s hard to remember now, but once upon a time Crawford and the Red Sox were hopeful that he could return from the wrist surgery in time to be in the Opening Day lineup. At this point it seems likely that he’ll miss half the season.

  1. redux23 - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    who?

  2. steveohho - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    I think I saw his picture on a milk carton recently.

  3. psuravens19 - Jun 8, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    I forgot he even played for the Sox.

  4. buffalomafia - Jun 8, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    He always gets hurt!!!!!!

  5. uyf1950 - Jun 8, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Crawford, has the potential to be perhaps be one of the top 3 biggest signing bust of all time.

  6. patsandsox - Jun 8, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Another huge bust and waste of the Sox money by the “Genuis” Theo Epstien. I sure was hoping the compensation for him would have been making the Cubs take Lakey, Crawford, Jenks, DiceK with the genuis.

    I am so glad he is gone so the Red Sox can start clearing those contracts. I know it will take years to clean up his mess, but at least it is started.

  7. pisano - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    The reason the Sox aren’t in first place is they’re missing Crawfords .255 BA.

  8. 24missed - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    I live close enough to Pawtucket that I’ll be able to catch his rehab games. Can’t wait. So excited to have Carl Crawford coming back on the field soon.

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