Crawford admits surgery on elbow possible at some point

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Crawford admits surgery on elbow possible at some point

BOSTON -- Left fielder Carl Crawford was pulled off his rehab assignment Saturday, when he suffered a mild left groin strain rounding second after hitting a triple playing for Double-A Portland Thursday.

Crawford downplayed the severity of the strain, saying the leg is finethe thing is I do that every year.

He expects to begin another rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Pawtucket.

But he did acknowledge there is a possibility he will need surgery at some point onhis left elbow which has kept on the disabled list since the start of the season.

Probably at some point, because its one of those deals. It is what it is, Crawford said. So probably at some point its going to go out on me.

Asked if he had thought about having surgery before the elbow goes out, Crawford replied:

Thought about it but at this point if I can play, I think they want me out on the field. So Im just trying to do everything I can to get back on the field.

Asked if that was best for him, Crawford replied:

Right now, I feel like if I couldnt help the team, I wouldnt get out there. So I think helping the team out right now is best for me.

Crawford has been told, if he does have the surgery the recovery time for a position player would be shorter than for that of a pitcher. Typically, a pitcher would need approximately 11 18 months to return from Tommy John surgery.

From what I heard its not that long, Crawford said. You dont have to wait as long. So I think the recovery time will be a little faster.

The elbow began bothering Crawford in spring training, as he was recovering from surgery in mid-January on his left wrist. He said he occasionally feels pain in the elbow.

It doesnt really hurt when I throw in action, he said. Its weird, its like when Im warming up its a little sore when Im warming up. But when Im in action and Im making a throw it actually doesnt bother me as much.

It doesnt bother him at all, he said, when he swings a bat.

No, it doesnt hurt at all when I swing a bat. So definitely if there was some pain now, I probably would have to sit down, he said.

Crawford said he may have to modify his throws from the outfield, throwing to a cut-off man rather than attempting any long throws. But, he acknowledged, that plan may be challenged when the heat of competition takes over.

Itll probably be best for me to throw it to the cut-off man, he said. But I cant say once I get in game action, and your competitiveness takes over and you want to make certain throws. I could say Im probably supposed to throw it to the cut-off man but at some time you still might try to make a certain throw.

Crawford is close, he said, to being able to make that test.

I feel like Im real close, he said. I feel good. Feel like I can help the team out and thats what Im going to try to do when I get back.

Boston pitchers strike out 14, but Red Sox still fall to Rays, 7-3

Boston pitchers strike out 14, but Red Sox still fall to Rays, 7-3

The appearance of Tampa Bay Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough almost got the Boston Red Sox back in their spring training exhibition game. The Sox managed to score all three of their runs against the 25-year-old in their 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida on Sunday.

But the Rays, who scored runs in five different innings, managed to widen their lead in the eighth inning by beating up on Sox lefty Luis Isla, a 24-year-old who spent last season with Portland and Pawtucket. In the eighth, Rays' Joe McCarthy homered and Luke Maile managed an RBI single, which cappped off the scoring in the contest. Sox starter Hector Velazquez allowed three hits and an earned run in his two innnings. The 28-year-old, who spent 2016 in the Mexican League, still managed to amass four strikeouts.

"I was a little nervous at the start, being in the United States for the first time and playing for a big league club for the first time," Velazquez told RedSox.com through an interpreter. "But once I got the first out, all the nerves went away, and I was able to bear down."

Despite allowing two homers, Boston pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts.

With the exception of the Sox' inning against Yarbrough, Boston's veterans and prospects struggled mighltily against the Rays pitching staff. Chris Archer started for Tampa, and set the tone in the first two innings, where he threw two strikeouts, one walk and allowed one hit and no runs. Andrew Benintendi (0-for-3), Sam Travis (0-for-2) and Bryce Brentz (0-for-3) went hitless on the day. Travis, however, reached base on balls.

"I felt good. I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish," Archer said, via the Red Sox' team website. "Just out there having fun, it was really fun to be out there in the spectrum with the umpire, the fans, the batter. It was fun."

Marco Hernandez's triple got the Sox' eighth-inning off to a strong start, and singles from Matt Dominguez, Deven Marrero, Rusney Castillo and Cole Sturgeon followed. The Sox' eighth inning scoring ended after Castillo got thrown out by left fielder McCarthy at third. Six Red Sox finished with one-hit outings, including Brock Holt and Blake Swihart.

The Sox will next host the St. Louis Cardinals in Fort Myers on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET.