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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.

Drellich: Injuries for Betts, Pedroia, Nunez, unnerving in final week

Drellich: Injuries for Betts, Pedroia, Nunez, unnerving in final week

BOSTON — Even before Mookie Betts wrist flared up and Eduardo Nunez re-aggravated his knee Monday, the Red Sox’ health situation looked tenuous heading into the final week of the regular season. Particularly when it came to position players. Dustin Pedroia was out of the lineup Monday after a 1-for-26 road trip.

Now the scene turns scary. Consider that every other American League team that has clinched a postseason spot (or in the case of the Twins, is expected to) is one of the majors’ top five teams in runs scored per game: the Astros, Yankees, Indians and Twins. The Sox are 10th. 

The Sox lineup lacks firepower to begin with. Losing any more at this time of year is a recipe for a rough October.

"It sucks. It sucks," Nunez said. "Especially this time of year when it's close to the playoffs. It sucks."

The regular-season results show the Sox have adapted well overall when guys like Pedroia and Nunez have missed time. But that’s the regular season, and adding Betts to the mix is just disquieting.

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Nunez on Monday returned to the lineup for the first time in 16 days. Now he isn’t expected back until during the Astros series, his right knee injury re-aggravated

But there’s room for good news yet. Betts is to get his left wrist examined Tuesday. A positive prognosis there, and there should be a sense of a crisis averted. On Monday night, he expected to be fine, but he also didn't know what was going on. 

Farrell before the game made clear Nunez wasn’t exactly full go yet.

“[His return is] quicker than what it possibly could have been. You’re talking about a ligament damage to the PCL [posterior cruciate ligament] and I know it’s less severe than an ACL/MCL, but still it’s about pain tolerance,” Farrell said. “It’s about managing it. His body has to recondition to take care of that. His muscles have to respond in a different way. … If he feels a little bit of a zinger, that’s going to go away. He’s not putting himself at further risk.”

Farrell said after the game the feeling is Nunez didn’t do any new damage, but nonetheless, it’s easy to think now the Sox should have waited longer

Meanwhile, Pedroia’s been managing a left knee injury all season and didn’t play.

“When the knee starts to talk back to him a little bit, we’ve all got to listen to it and give him a down day,” Farrell said. “I would expect him to be back on the  field tomorrow.”

Farrell thought it reasonable to connect the knee to Pedroia’s recent poor performance hitting wise.

All year, resiliency has been a buzzword for Sox because of their propensity for late-inning comebacks. Sunday’s eighth-inning rally against the Reds was the latest example, leading to the Sox’ 42nd come-from-behind win. 

How they’ve dealt with a variety of health situations adds another layer to their reputation for handling adversity. Per spotrac.com, the Sox have had the fifth most disabled list days this season, 1,601. 

The Indians were doubted going into last year’s postseason because of health situations with their pitching. They did pretty well. But it’d also be foolish to minimize the importance of injuries to Pedroia, Nunez and Betts, and how they look heading into October.

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Mookie Betts to get left wrist examined Tuesday

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Mookie Betts to get left wrist examined Tuesday

BOSTON — First Mookie Betts right hand was bothering him. Now his left wrist is acting up to the point he was pulled from Monday's 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays in the eighth inning and is headed for an exam to find out what's going on Monday.

"I’m not really that concerned. I think I’m  going to be fine," Betts said. "Just a couple days ago. I just took a swing and felt it. It’s just been kind of painful for swings, but that’s just the part of the season."

Betts felt it again on a swing Monday.

Betts, who's always a calm guy, didn't seem to be particularly worried. But when he was asked to describe the sensation, it sounded far from pleasant.

"Just like a sharp pain," Betts said. "I can’t really move my hand for a little bit, but I think, again, I don’t really know what’s going on. We’ll find out tomorrow."

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