Crawford: I thought I'd be fine by now

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Crawford: I thought I'd be fine by now

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Carl Crawford was told Monday that he should refrain from baseball activity for the next 5-7 days, a bit of news that he took philosophically as he attempts to rebound from wrist surgery.

"I just took it in stride,'' said Crawford Tuesday morning. "There's not too much I can really do. I have to just go with the flow and do whatever I can. That's pretty much it.

"I'm pretty sure just waiting and making sure it's fine and isn't going to hurt. I'm pretty much worrying about my timing. I wanted to get that part in. But at the end of the day, it's probably best to wait for it to heal correctly. That way, I can be strong and not have to worry about it happening again.''

Crawford had attempted to step up his rehab program with some aggressive swings and some bunting drills last week, only to experience some soreness and inflammation.

"It's something I can't control,'' he said. "I just have to wait until it gets ready and my body feels strong and my hand feels strong. I just have to wait for the soreness to go away.''

Manager Bobby Valentine said Monday that, thanks to the week off from activity, having Crawford in the Opening Day lineup is "probably not realistic.''

But Crawford himself isn't sure how long it will take for him to get ready once he's cleared to resume swinging and throwing.

"That's the question I really don't know,'' he said. "I just have to get out there and see how I'm feeling. Normally, for me, I like to get a lot of ABs, so whatever that number is, I'm going to try to get up to where I'm feeling good and have confidence when I come back.

"I thought it would be fine by now, so I have no clue.''

Crawford blamed his own eagerness for the setback and not the rehab program he was following.

"I don't think it was the program,'' he said. "I think it was me pushing myself, just to see. Stuff like this happens. You can't predict this kind of stuff. It's just a setback and you just have to do what you need to do and keep moving forward.

"I think I was just focused on trying to get back period. Opening Day was a goal, but I wanted to be ready for spring training games so I can get the reps. I just wanted to get back on the field in general.''

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

BOSTON – The trip to the TD Garden is one that Jared Sullinger has made many times but never like this. 

The former Celtic was back in town with his new team, the Toronto Raptors who signed him to a one-year, $5.6 million deal after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him and thus made him an unrestricted free agent. 

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“I had a feeling it was going to go that way once they signed big Al (Horford), that they were going to let me go,” Sullinger said prior to Friday’s game.  “We were prepared for it. It is what it is. I’m happy these guys are doing well.”

And he hopes to say the same for himself sometime in the future after undergoing surgery to have a screw inserted in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot – the same foot he had season-ending surgery on during the 2014-2015 season with the Celtics. 

There’s no specific timetable as to when he’ll be back on the floor, and Sullinger is cool with that plan. 

“I don’t know. They’re hiding the protocol from me so I won’t rush; we’ll see,” said Sullinger who is still in a walking boot. 

The 6-foot-9 forward played well in the preseason and solidified himself as the team’s starting power forward. 

Now that he’s out with another injury, he’ll have to once again try and prove himself either later this season when he returns, or this summer when he becomes a free agent again.

For now, Sullinger is happy to be back in town, seeing lots of familiar faces, friends and ex-teammates that he says he still keeps in close contact with. 

“Some of these guys I considered like brothers to me,” Sullinger said. “IT (Isaiah Thomas), Jae Crowder to name a few. So I watch from a distance, I support from a distance. They’re playing well.”

In addition to his former teammates, the lines of communication remained open between him and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens as well. 

Stevens said the two exchanged text messages right before he had foot surgery, and afterwards. 

“Obviously, everyone here wishes a speedy recovery and hopefully he gets back on the court soon,” Stevens said. 

Sullinger has been an effective player during his time in the NBA, with career averages of 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

But this will be the third time in his five NBA seasons that he will miss a significant amount of time on the court due to an injury or recovering from an injury. 

Stevens acknowledged that he feels for Sullinger who once again has to go through rehabilitation in order to get back on the floor.

“I like Jared a lot,” Stevens said. “He’s a heck of a player, he’s a really smart guy. Got a lot of respect for him and it stinks that he’s got to go through that but he’ll come back strong I’m sure.”