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Carl Crawford to restart rehab stint Thursday at Triple-A

Jul 11, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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His last rehab assignment was ruined by a groin injury, but Carl Crawford will give it another try beginning tomorrow at Triple-A.

Crawford is coming back from offseason wrist surgery and admitted recently that he’ll need Tommy John elbow surgery at some point, yet it was the groin strain that has held things up for the past week or so.

Because he’s technically re-starting the rehab assignment his 20-day window to play in the minors will re-start as well, meaning the Red Sox could potentially keep Crawford off the active roster until August 1 even if he can avoid more setbacks.

If/when Crawford returns the Red Sox may look to shop an outfielder, but that’s obviously not a consideration yet considering he hasn’t played a big-league game since last September and Jacoby Ellsbury is also still on the disabled list.

  1. seanthegreatest - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    “Carl Crawford to restart rehab stint Thursday at Triple-A” Only to be shut down Friday with a set back.

  2. crispybasil - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    He’s no Josh Reddick.

  3. xpensivewinos - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Can you imagine how pissed Red Sox ownership gets every two weeks when they see his check come through????

    • js20011041 - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      But who should the front office be pissed off at? It’s not necessarily a player’s fault for getting hurt. You can’t will your body to be healthy and Crawford has always been known as an extremely dedicated player. If they are going to be pissed at anyone, it should be themselves and Theo Epstein. Leaving aside the injury issues, Crawford really isn’t the type of player that fits this team. His strengths are his speed and defense. His speed on offense is somewhat nullified by being in a lineup deep in sluggers. Speed on the basepaths is most valuable in a lineup short on homerun power. His defense is negated by playing in Fenway half the season. He simply doesn’t have the ground to cover that would make his speed in the outfield so valuable. Crawford when healthy can be an extremely valuable player for teams like the Rays, Padres, or Mariners. His skill set is simply not that valuable to the Red Sox. They shouldn’t have given him a boatload of money.

  4. hotdogfinger - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    any more setbacks and they should just shut him down and have the TJ done now. No excuses next year Carl.

  5. trapper17 - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    seanthegreatest you r giving him til friday to b hurt I say by the fourth inn on thursday seriously I am done getting my hopes up for any kind of post season run ownership doesn’t care why should we .to much turmoil I read an article on bleacher report bobby v called a meeting and in the middle of it Papi walked out and pedroia doesn’t even speak to him Dustin set over yourself Francona isn’t coming back or is he ?

  6. jt2663 - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Why not just have to surgery now and he’ll be back after next years allstar break”

  7. drewzducks - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:25 PM

  8. lucidsportsfan - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    With Jacoby back Friday, and hopefully Crawford soon after, I think the Sox are in much better shape than most people think http://www.lucidsportsfan.com/2012_07_08_archive.html#1446821217714804081

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