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Carl Crawford nearing a minor league rehab assignment

Jun 16, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

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Carl Crawford is finally beginning to make progress.

According to beat writer Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, the rehabbing outfielder felt no discomfort in his left elbow or wrist while playing long-toss from a distance of 110 feet on Saturday and Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he is “pretty close to playing in baseball games.”

Crawford will spend around a week getting action in simulated games before embarking on a minor league rehab assignment. If he’s able to avoid setbacks, he could return to the Red Sox around the All-Star break.

The 30-year-old has been sidelined all season. He signed a seven-year, $142 million free agent contract before the 2011 campaign and batted just .255 with a measly .694 OPS in his first go-around with Boston.

  1. randygnyc - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Crawford has been/will have made $232,000.00 per hit, since he signed with the red sox, up until this years all star game.

    • jwbiii - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      That’s almost the same as Kei Igawa’s!

      • dan1111 - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:16 PM

        Despite making only 13 starts, Igawa gave up one hit for each dollar of his contract.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 17, 2012 at 2:48 AM

        the two big problems with that is this, Kei never got even close to 7 years for 142 MIL, it was more like 4 years for 20 and the biggest issue is Kei is long gone, Carl has another 5 years after this season so redsuk fan he will be your problem for a long long time coming, just like john lackey will be, HAHAHAHHAHHA

  2. uyf1950 - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Red Sox fans I only have one thing to say. Be careful what you ask for you may just get it.

  3. randygnyc - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Well, there is a difference here. Our Igawa episode is behind us. The Crawford nightmare has only just begun. And it’s effecting the red sox in thenstandings, right now.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 17, 2012 at 2:19 AM

      Agree or not, he can only get better after last year.

  4. pisano - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    That .255 BA and his stumbling around in the outfield has been what the Sox have been missing, and just think if they can’t unload him there’s at least 5 more years of abuse from this blunder of a signing. Thanks a bunch Theo!

  5. chill1184 - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Enjoy that contract Boston. Hope Crawford gets better though

  6. xjokerz - Jun 17, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    Traded him in fantasy for Quentin … That’s how bad it’s gotten

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