Injury update: Crawford, Ellsbury, Bailey

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Injury update: Crawford, Ellsbury, Bailey

BOSTON Left fielder Carl Crawford began his 20-day rehab assignment Saturday, serving as the designated hitter for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox in Fort Myers, Crawford went 0-for-3 with a run scored and two walks, one intentional.

Manager Bobby Valentine said Crawford is expected to have an off day Sunday and DH again on Monday. Crawford is expected to begin playing in the field sometime in the next week.

Valentine couldnt say how long Crawford would stay with the low-level minor league team.

When hes ready to move, hell move, Valentine said. We really cant put a timetable on that.

Its more controlled environment. And we want to make sure we control it as well as possible.

Jacoby Ellsbury took batting practice and fielded groundballs in center field from coach Alex Ochoa before Saturdays game against the Braves.

While Ellsbury is progressing, there are still hurdles he needs to clear.

He needs to throw more. He needs to be confident that he can get back to bases, dive, things like that that are shoulder-related and swing more, Valentine said. I know its not his throwing shoulder but it is involved in throwing.

I think hes healthy.

So far, Ellsbury has only been fielding grounders in center field, and not fly balls.

Must be maybe groundballs in the beginning and you have to reach a little more possibly. Valentine said. Maybe he doesnt want to really be reaching up that much with that arm. Thats probably it with the glove on.

Andrew Bailey had a slight setback during his bullpen session yesterday in his recovery from April surgery on his right thumb.

It didnt go perfectly, Valentine said. Were going to let him rest a little before he gets on the mound.

I hate to put a timetable on it. Well see how he progresses.

His arm didnt feel great throwing as much as... we were accelerating his progress a little and we decided to slow it down.

He was a little ahead of schedule throwing off the mound. Went back to the flat. His thumbs fine. Its just how often he throws flat and the mound.

Red Sox celebration quickly washes away walk-off loss

Red Sox celebration quickly washes away walk-off loss

NEW YORK -- It had the potential to be the most awkward celebration ever.

In the top of the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium, before their game was complete, the Red Sox became American League East champions, by virtue of one other division rival -- Baltimore -- coming back to beat another -- Toronto -- in the ninth inning.

That eliminated the Blue Jays from the division race, and made the Sox division champs.

But that ninth inning reversal of fortune was about to visit the Red Sox, too.

Craig Kimbrel faced four hitters and allowed a single and three straight walks, leading to a run. When, after 28 pitches, he couldn't get an out, he was lifted for Joe Kelly, who recorded one out, then yielded a walk-off grand slam to Mark Teixeira.

The Yankees celebrated wildly on the field, while the Red Sox trudged into the dugout, beset with mixed emotions.

Yes, they had just lost a game that seemed theirs. But they also had accomplished something that had taken 158 games.

What to do?

The Sox decided to drown their temporary sorrows in champagne.

"As soon as we got in here,'' said Jackie Bradley Jr., "we quickly got over it.''

From the top of the eighth until the start of the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox seemed headed in a conventional celebration.

A two-run, bases-loaded double by Mookie Betts and a wild pitch -- the latter enabling David Ortiz to slide into home and dislodge the ball from former teammate Tommy Layne's glove --- had given the Sox a 3-0 lead.

Koji Uehara worked around a walk to post a scoreless walk and after the top of the ninth, the Sox called on Craig Kimbrel, who had successfully closed out all but two save opportunities all season.

But Kimbrel quickly allowed a leadoff single to Brett Gardner and then began pitching as though he forgot how to throw strikes. Three straight walks resulted in a run in and the bases loaded.

Joe Kelly got an out, but then Teixeira, for the second time this week, produced a game-winning homer in the ninth. On Monday, he had homered in Toronto to turn a Blue Jays win into a loss, and now, here he was again.

It may have been a rather meaningless victory for the Yankees -- who remain barely alive for the wild card -- but it did prevent them the indignity of watching the Red Sox celebrate on their lawn.

Instead, the Sox wore the shame of the walk-off -- at least until they reached their clubhouse, where the partying began in earnest.

It had taken clubhouse attendants less than five minutes to cover the floor and lockers with plastic protective sheets. In a matter of a few more minutes, the air was filled with a mix of beer and bubbly.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski wore a goggles and only socks on his feet.

As the spray reached every inch of the clubhouse, David Ortiz exclaimed: "I'm going to drown in this man.''

Defeat? What defeat?