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Carl Crawford expected to begin minor league rehab assignment Saturday

Jun 21, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

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At long last, Carl Crawford is ready to play in a baseball game again.

According to Maureen Mullen of, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said today that Crawford is expected to serve as the designated hitter Saturday with the organization’s Gulf Coast League affiliate.

Crawford began this season on the disabled list following January surgery on his left wrist and then suffered a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. If he uses the maximum 20 days on his rehab stint, which appears likely given the long layoff, that puts him on track to return when the Red Sox begin the second half of the season on July 13 against the Rays.

Crawford is in his second season of a seven-year, $142 million contract. The 30-year-old is looking to rebound after delivering a disappointing .255/.289/.405 batting line and a .694 OPS last year.

  1. buffalomafia - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Jive turkey!

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 22, 2012 at 5:00 AM

      Stop jivin’ me, tuuurkey. A turkey is a bad person…

  2. pisano - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Overpaid, overrated bum, and just think 5 more years of this loser.

    • bigharold - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      Five and a half but who’s counting?

  3. hojo20 - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Keep him down there. Daniel Nava is raking.

  4. trapper17 - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Yes keep him down forever our young outfielders are progressing quickly in our system linares was just promoted to AAA no need for him now and bradley jr almost there bye bye dl Crawford only a matter of time before it happens again

    • pisano - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Wishful thinking, their stuck with Crawford for five more years unless they can pay another to take him as the Yankees did with AJ Burnett. Thank the Boy Blunder Theo for another gaff, probably his worst.

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