Notes: Crawford suffers a setback; Buchholz and Ellsbury in Pawtucket

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Notes: Crawford suffers a setback; Buchholz and Ellsbury in Pawtucket

BOSTON Left fielder Carl Crawford has had a setback in his rehab from left wrist and elbow injuries that have kept him on the disabled list all season.

Crawford injured his left groin and is being pulled back from his rehab assignment.

There was some confusion as to the extent of Crawfords injury the team announcing it was a mild left groin strain, manager Bobby Valentine saying it was not a strain. But the result is that Crawford is being pulled off his rehab assignment. According to MLB rules, he will not be able to play in a minor league game for seven days before beginning another rehab assignment. Crawford would be able to have another 20-day assignment, if necessary.

Valentine said Crawford suffered the injury in Thursday game with Double-A Portland, rounding second on a triple.

But hes going to go right back in and start hitting again soon in a game, Valentine said. Its not a strain or anything, its justa little preventative thing make sure it doesnt get worse.

Crawford said Friday he still feels some occasional discomfort in his left elbow. Its a situation he may deal with all season.

I think we have to manage that situation as he plays, Valentine said. And maybe just a caution flag.

Clay Buchholz, on the disabled list since June 20 after being hospitalized with esophagitis, is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Pawtucket Sunday. Valentine said Buchholz is expected to throw about 40 pitches. If his outing goes well, Buchholz could be slotted into the rotation for the first series after the All-Star break, for three games in Tampa Bay beginning July 13.

Jacoby Ellsbury, on the DL since April 14 with a subluxation of his right shoulder, is scheduled to play for Pawtucket tonight against Syracuse. Ellsbury played last night for Portland, going 10for-4 with a double and a run scored. He is 4-for-19 with tow doubles, a home run, three RBI, four runs scored, and four walks in 6 rehab games.

Chris Carpenter is scheduled to pitch for Greenville Sunday. He has made two rehab appearances for the Gulf Coast League as he recovers from right elbow surgery.

Ryan Sweeney, on the DL with left big toe inflammation, has today off.

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.

 

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.