BOSTON Left fielder Carl Crawford served as the designated hitter in an extended spring training game earlier today, going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and three walks. Crawford is on the 15-day disabled list after left wrist surgery in January and elbow soreness earlier this month.
Hes going to be examined in Boston sometime in the couple, three days, manager Bobby Valentine said. And if the exam goes well, then theyre going to either put him in the outfield, which Im hoping he can just go in the outfield and underhand it in for a while and just start playing that way and then get on a throwing program. Im hoping thats the next step.
But, with the Red Sox outfield situation getting bleaker by the day Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury on the DL, and recent call-up Jason Repko suffering a slight shoulder separation after crashing into the wall yesterday the Sox are unlikely to rush Crawfords rehab.
Crawford has yet to begin a rehab assignment. The Sox would have 20 days from the start of an assignment to activate him.
I guess he could start playing somewhere else, DH, Valentine said. Its been talked about but were not sure of the necessity of having him move around, different weather. Right now he needs to see pitches, get at-bats, get on base, steal those bases, start getting comfortable in playing the game. Im not sure that were worried about the competition level. Were worried about his comfort and then his physical.