FORT MYERS, Fla. Left fielder Carl Crawford likely wont be back with the team until around May 1, it seems.
Crawford is progressing in his rehab from surgery on his left wrist. But a setback earlier in camp delayed that progress. He has been swinging at balls on a tee, is on a throwing program, and is scheduled to take 20 or so bunts today. He has not taken swings at live pitches, though.
No, manager Bobby Valentine said. No, thats later.
Valentine said Thursday morning he does not think its likely he will see Crawford hit live before the teams heads north after Mondays game.
Valentine said Crawford would need about 50 at-bats to get ready, which translates roughly into about 15 rehab games. Asked if Crawford could be ready to join the team in a couple of weeks, Valentine replied:
It might be realistic. I dont know. It doesnt seem it. Are we going to ask him to have 50 at-bats somewhere? Probably. So you got to do the math on that. Thats 15 games at three-point-something at-bats, and then you got to get 15 games from the time he starts playing.
I think we have, its a target. Its not a bulls eye.
Valentine emphasized the importance of letting Crawfords rehab take its own progression, not dictated by the calendar.
You dont want to put the kid, anybody rehabbing, under the pressure of a deadline, Valentine said. It can never be the calendar or the schedule that says when a guys healthy. It cant be. Its not fair. Its just not fair.
The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.
It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.
Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.
The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.