Crawford's wrist 'fine,' waiting on elbow

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Crawford's wrist 'fine,' waiting on elbow

BOSTON Left fielder Carl Crawford said his left wrist, on which he had surgery in mid-January, is fine, but hes waiting for his left elbow to heal. Crawford was moved from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list on May 2.

Right now Im just still letting it rest up, trying to do little exercises with it right now, just waiting for the clearance from the doctor basically, Crawford said.

The pain from the shot just went away so now I think were going into another transition where we might start doing exercises with it. I still havent been able to throw yet. Im still a couple of weeks from throwing.

He may need to throw for a couple of weeks to get back to full health, but he is not sure.

In an ideal situation, yes, but I can't honestly tell you when, he said.

I think I should start hitting in a couple of weeks, pretty soon. I think Im going to actually start hitting before I throw.

Hes not sure of the progression once he does start throwing.

I hope its fast but I really dont know, he said. Im kind of going on what the doctors, whatever kind of program they make for me Im just going to try to follow that and let them know how I feel afterwards. But I hope its a quick one.

The good news is his wrist is healthy.

The wrist is doing fine, knock on wood, he said. Hopefully I dont have any more setbacks with that, but the wrist is actually feeling real good. The wrist is ready to go. Thats what stinks about this whole process: the wrist finally got well and I had this setback. So if the elbow was fine, Id be ready to go.

I definitely want to be out there. No secret about that but I just kind of have to go at the pace that they have me go. I can't go too fast or anything like that. I just have to be patient.

You just want to at least be able to see the team all together so you could see what we can do together but its frustrating not having everybody out there knowing what a lot of guys could be doing and we could help the team, so its a little frustrating."

Carson Smith 'had to take a step back' in recovery from Tommy John

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Carson Smith 'had to take a step back' in recovery from Tommy John

Neither set-up man the Red Sox traded for under president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, Tyler Thornburg and Carson Smith, is throwing off a mound presently.

Smith, on his way back from Tommy John surgery, felt soreness after throwing a bullpen session and is back to doing long toss. 

"He’s had to slow down," Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday. "Once he got on the mound with some aggression and good intensity, was throwing the ball well. And as a result there’s been some soreness that has kind of reared its head. So have had to back him off, back into long toss, he’s thrown out to about 110 feet here today. We’re hopeful that in the very near future that mound progression resumes.

"The unique thing about Tommy John recovery is that every situation is going to be different. In this case, we’ve had to take a step back a little bit and get back to flat ground."

Smith is in Boston as part of a previously scheduled meet-up with the team, Farrell said. When the season began, Smith was rehabbing in Florida. He was put on the 60-day disabled list on Thursday, a formality that opened up a 40-man roster spot for new acquisition Chase d'Arnaud.

Smith was put on the disabled list on April 3, so he can return June 2 at the earliest, but may now need more time.

Thornburg (right shoulder impingement) is building up his long-toss distance.

In other injury news, Brock Holt (vertigo) may begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday or Saturday, Farrell said.

Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Pedroia back, Sale vs. Tanaka in matchup of aces

Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Pedroia back, Sale vs. Tanaka in matchup of aces

Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup after missing three games with a knee and ankle injury following Manny Machado’s hard slide into him at second base in Baltimore.

Pedroia is batting leadoff against the Yankees' Masahrio Tanaka (2-1, 6.00 ERA). The Red Sox counter with their ace, lefty Chris Sale (1-1, 0.91).

The full lineups:

YANKEES
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Aaron Hicks LF
Chase Headley 3B    
Matt Holliday DH
Starlin Castro 2B
Aaron Judge RF
Chris Carter 1B
Austin Romine C
Ronald Torreyes SS

Masahiro Tanaka RHP

RED SOX
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Andrew Benintendi LF
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Marco Hernandez 3B

Chris Sale LHP