Crawford heads to Portland, Ellsbury not far behind


Crawford heads to Portland, Ellsbury not far behind

OAKLAND -- Carl Crawford will continue his rehab assignment closer to Boston Tuesday when he joins the Double A Portland Sea Dogs of the Eastern League.

And it may not be long before Jacoby Ellsbury joins him there.

Crawford traveled from Fort Myers to Boston to undergo a medical check-up Monday. He'll join Portland for Tuesday.

In the meantime, Ellsbury played center field for the team's Gulf Coast League affiliate Monday against the Orioles' affiliate in Sarasota. Ellsbury was 1-for-2 with a homer, groundout and walk.

The plan calls for Ellsbury to DH for the Gulf Coast League affiliate Tuesday, after which he, too, may go to Portland to continue his rehab.

Top Red Sox prospect Sam Travis out for year with torn ACL


Top Red Sox prospect Sam Travis out for year with torn ACL

As good as things have gone for the Red Sox so far in 2016, their 2017 prospects took a bit of a blow over the weekend.

Sam Travis -- one of the organization's top prospects, and someone who opened a lot of eyes with an impressive spring-training showing this year -- suffered a torn ACL on Sunday while playing for the Pawtucket Red Sox and will be lost for the rest of the season. He was hurt while playing first base, collapsing as he chased down an opposition baserunner during a rundown play. He had to be helped off the field, and the extent of the injury was announced on Monday.

With David Ortiz retiring at the end of this season and Hanley Ramirez expected to replace him as the full-time designated hitter, the door was open for Travis to become the Red Sox' first baseman next year. Playing at Triple-A for the first time, the 22-year-old Travis -- honored by the Red Sox as their Minor League Offensive Player of the the Year in 2015 -- was hitting .272/.332/.434 with 10 doubles, 6 home runs and 29 RBI in 47 games.

Now, however, it's almost a complete certainty Travis won't be able to start next season in Boston. And depending on what the Red Sox do in the offseason to replace Ortiz, such as a signing a free agent to a multiyear contract, Travis' path upward in the Sox organization may become less wide open . . . if not blocked.