Crawford likely out until May

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Crawford likely out until May

FORT MYERS, Fla. Left fielder Carl Crawford likely wont be back with the team until around May 1, it seems.

Crawford is progressing in his rehab from surgery on his left wrist. But a setback earlier in camp delayed that progress. He has been swinging at balls on a tee, is on a throwing program, and is scheduled to take 20 or so bunts today. He has not taken swings at live pitches, though.

No, manager Bobby Valentine said. No, thats later.

Valentine said Thursday morning he does not think its likely he will see Crawford hit live before the teams heads north after Mondays game.

Valentine said Crawford would need about 50 at-bats to get ready, which translates roughly into about 15 rehab games. Asked if Crawford could be ready to join the team in a couple of weeks, Valentine replied:

It might be realistic. I dont know. It doesnt seem it. Are we going to ask him to have 50 at-bats somewhere? Probably. So you got to do the math on that. Thats 15 games at three-point-something at-bats, and then you got to get 15 games from the time he starts playing.

I think we have, its a target. Its not a bulls eye.

Valentine emphasized the importance of letting Crawfords rehab take its own progression, not dictated by the calendar.

You dont want to put the kid, anybody rehabbing, under the pressure of a deadline, Valentine said. It can never be the calendar or the schedule that says when a guys healthy. It cant be. Its not fair. Its just not fair.

Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

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Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

HARRISON, N.J. - Daniel Royer finished a nice sequence in the 74th minute, Luis Robles made a diving save in the closing minutes and the New York Red Bulls rallied to beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on Saturday night.

Felipe sent the ball left to Kemar Lawrence alongside the box and he put a cross to Royer on the back post for an easy finish on his fourth goal.

Robles, who only allowed Lee Nguyen's penalty kick in the ninth minute, preserved the win with his fourth save, diving to his left to block Diego Fagundez's shot from outside the box.

Bradley Wright-Phillips tied it for New York (6-6-2), which was winless in its last four matches, when he pounced on a loose ball and backheeled it into the net. New England goalkeeper Cody Cropper had pounced on a cross by Kemar Lawance, but Cropper could hold on and Wright-Phillips was there to clean up for his sixth goal.

Damien Perrinelle fouled Fagundez in the penalty area after a great pass from Kei Kamara, allowing Nguyen to step up for his sixth goal. New England (4-5-4) had won two straight and lost just one of its previous six. It is 0-5-2 on the road.