Gonzalez knows what Crawford is going through

Gonzalez knows what Crawford is going through
March 3, 2012, 9:50 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Adrian Gonzalez knows exactly what Carl Crawford is going through.

A year ago, it was Gonzalez who was trying to rehab from off-season surgery and get himself ready for Opening Day. This year, it's Crawford's turn.

Gonzalez had more major surgery (shoulder), but he also had the advantage of having the procedure performed in October, with almost five months to go before the start of the regular season.

For Crawford, time is of the essence. He had his left wrist surgically repaired in mid-January, then suffered a setback of sorts earlier this week.

Still, Gonzalez's message remains the same.

"The main focus should always be that when you come back," said Gonzalez, "you're come back to play every day. You're not coming back to have setbacks. The only advice I ever give CC, when I talk to him here, is to make sure you come back 100 percent. You're going to have setbacks -- that's normal. Nobody goes through a pain-free, zero-swelling, zero-inflammation rehab because you're pushing yourself.

"You're going to have setbacks. It's going to happen. From the get-go, I heard it was going to be 50-50 whether he was going to be able to start (the season on time). Personally, I want him to be 100 percent when he steps on the field. I don't know when that is. I'm not on the training staff. But when he gets on the field, he should be 100 percent.

Meanwhile, Gonzalez, who felt some weakness in the second half of the season which affected his power, said it's much improved after a full winter to strenghen it.

"It feels great, it's 100 percent,'' said Gonzalez. "I'm able to get that high finish at the plate and I'm happy about that.''