Gonzalez knows what Crawford is going through

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Gonzalez knows what Crawford is going through

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.''

Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina national team

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Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina national team

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina's national team.

Argentina and Messi lost a final for the third year in a row, with Chile winning the Copa America 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie Sunday night.

His nation's career scoring leader with 55 international goals, Messi sent Argentina's first penalty kick over the crossbar.

Messi tells the Argentine network TyC Sports "the national team is over for me. It's been four finals, it's not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn't get it, so I think it's over."

Messi and Argentina lost to Brazil in the 2007 Copa final and to Germany in extra time in the 2014 World Cup final. They lost last year's Copa final to host Chile on penalty kicks.

The 29-year-old Messi has led Barcelona to four Champions League titles.

Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

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Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

With New England Patriots organized workouts finished until next month, Phil Perry puts together another 53-man roster projection.

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