Elbow strain the latest setback for Crawford

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Elbow strain the latest setback for Crawford

BOSTON After having his ailing left elbow examined earlier this week, left fielder Carl Crawford was in the Red Sox clubhouse before Fridays home opener against the Rays.

I just had to come up here and get my elbow checked, Crawford said. I think it was best to be up here with the doctors for the next few days.

Crawford had surgery on his left wrist in mid-January and has been rehabbing in Fort Myers. He was expected to play in extended spring training games this past week before the elbow flared up. An MRI revealed a strain, he said.

Its not known when he will get into games now.

Were not putting a timetable on it, said manager Bobby Valentine. Hes going to be able to DH ASAP. Those games down there I even think he could run around in the outfield and hand it off if were worried about him throwing. The guys in charge of the rehab have to take control of that situation.

Crawford said the problem with his elbow came about started a couple of weeks ago and came about over time, rather than on one particular incident. He had been participating in all baseball activities up to that point.

I think it just kind of built up to it, he said. It all started as a little soreness and we tried to push through it and it was just more sore. Eventually it gets to the point where you cant even stand it no more. Thats what happened. Im pretty sure thats how it went down.

Which was frustrating for him, given how close he was to getting into a game.

Yeah, its frustrating because I was looking forward to playing those games that day, he said. I think weve been pushed backa week so just have to wait a little longer. I guess I just got to be patient.

Valentine said Crawford is expected to return to Fort Myers tomorrow.

The silver lining in this setback for Crawford is that he gets to be at Fenway Park for the home opener.

Yeah, Im excited about being here, back with the team, being around the guys, being here for the 100th anniversary, seeing how that goes, feeling that excitement today, he said. So it should be an exciting time for us all today.

Dombrowski: Red Sox not eyeing 'significant' deal at deadline

Dombrowski: Red Sox not eyeing 'significant' deal at deadline

While some reports nationally have the Red Sox in search of a dramatic deal in the run-up to next Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, Dave Dombrowski hardly sounded like someone seeking a blockbuster to improve his club.

"I'm not necessarily looking to make something significant,'' said Dombrowski, ''because we've already added. We have five solid starters. Could they be better? If we have five All-Stars, we're better. But we have five guys we like. Our offense is the best in baseball as far as run production is concerned. Could we better? Sure. Will we be open-minded? Sure. But I don't see that there's a driving force (to do something).''

Certainly, there seem to be plenty of interested trade partners, as Dombrowski revealed that on Monday alone, the Sox received five different trade proposals that they hadn't received before.

"So that's why this time is year is interesting,'' said Dombrowski. "We also have some very good young players in our organization, so some teams are looking for those players. And I can say we're not close to making any trades right now.''

If the Sox have an area of weakness at this point, it's the bullpen, thanks to a season-ending injury to Carson Smith, a long-term injury for Koji Uehara and the current DL stint for closer Craig Kimbrel.

"I think our bullpen will be fine,'' Dombrowski predicted. "We're dealing with a tough situation, for the simple fact that we've had a lot of injuries. (Junichi) Tazawa's up and he's back and pretty much getting to the point where he can get back to his normal routine. Kimbrel threw the ball very well today; I wouldn't be surprised if he joined us relatively soon.

"So all of a sudden, you've got (Matt) Barnes, (Brad) Ziegler, we brought up (Joe) Kelly, (Robbie) Ross has thrown the ball very well for us. Can it be better? Sure. You listen to anything at this point. But. . . I know people keep saying 'They've got to add somebody, they've gotta add somebody.' But they forget that we're getting Kimbrel back and we just got Tazawa back.

"You look at it and if those two guys weren't back. My answer would be yes, we need to do something. But I think we're more in a position where we're open-minded but it's not a necessity.''

Some teams have called on Clay Buchholz, currently relegated to a mop-up role in the bullpen. But Dombrowski said Buchholz still has value to the Sox.

"He's real good protection for us (in the rotation),'' he said. "I thought he threw the ball the other day as well as I've seen him throw it all year. And I know, if you just looked at the stats, you'd say, 'He didn't do very well.' Unfortunately, we missed a couple of balls that were catchable. I thought his stuff was outstanding so he's got a place to help us.''

 

Edelman, Amendola, Lewis, Vollmer to begin camp on PUP list

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Edelman, Amendola, Lewis, Vollmer to begin camp on PUP list

Training camp practices begin on Thursday for the Patriots, but the team will be without a handful of projected starters when workouts begin. 

Receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, running back Dion Lewis, tight end Clay Harbor and offensive linemen Sebastian Vollmer, Shaq Mason and Tre' Jackson will all begin on the active/physically unable to play list. 

All players on active/PUP will count against the team's active 90-man roster, but none will be eligible to practice until they come off of the PUP list. Players can be removed from PUP at any time. 

Lewis, Harbor and Mason all participated in spring practices at some point, but their inclusion on the PUP list indicates that they could use more time to heal. Edelman, Amendola, Jackson and Vollmer were not spotted during spring practices that were open to the media. 

Other players who were not seen during spring camps -- such as Logan Ryan, Duron Harmon, Nate Solder, LeGarrette Blount and Josh Kline -- have not been added to the PUP list at this time and could be available for camp when practices begin.