Elbow strain the latest setback for Crawford


Elbow strain the latest setback for Crawford

BOSTON After having his ailing left elbow examined earlier this week, left fielder Carl Crawford was in the Red Sox clubhouse before Fridays home opener against the Rays.

I just had to come up here and get my elbow checked, Crawford said. I think it was best to be up here with the doctors for the next few days.

Crawford had surgery on his left wrist in mid-January and has been rehabbing in Fort Myers. He was expected to play in extended spring training games this past week before the elbow flared up. An MRI revealed a strain, he said.

Its not known when he will get into games now.

Were not putting a timetable on it, said manager Bobby Valentine. Hes going to be able to DH ASAP. Those games down there I even think he could run around in the outfield and hand it off if were worried about him throwing. The guys in charge of the rehab have to take control of that situation.

Crawford said the problem with his elbow came about started a couple of weeks ago and came about over time, rather than on one particular incident. He had been participating in all baseball activities up to that point.

I think it just kind of built up to it, he said. It all started as a little soreness and we tried to push through it and it was just more sore. Eventually it gets to the point where you cant even stand it no more. Thats what happened. Im pretty sure thats how it went down.

Which was frustrating for him, given how close he was to getting into a game.

Yeah, its frustrating because I was looking forward to playing those games that day, he said. I think weve been pushed backa week so just have to wait a little longer. I guess I just got to be patient.

Valentine said Crawford is expected to return to Fort Myers tomorrow.

The silver lining in this setback for Crawford is that he gets to be at Fenway Park for the home opener.

Yeah, Im excited about being here, back with the team, being around the guys, being here for the 100th anniversary, seeing how that goes, feeling that excitement today, he said. So it should be an exciting time for us all today.

Lowe: Wouldn't be shocked if C's move Bradley

Lowe: Wouldn't be shocked if C's move Bradley

Zach Lowe’s most recent podcast is worth a listen, as it features plenty of talk about what the Celtics may or may not due ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. 

Lowe brought up the possibility of the Celtics top-1 or top-2-protecting Brooklyn’s first-round pick and including it in a deal for Butler. He surmises that the inclusion of the Brooklyn pick -- protected or not -- might not come until the final minutes. 

“Look, if Butler gets traded or if Paul George gets traded, that’s when it’s going to happen,” Marc Stein responded. “It’s going to happen in the last five to 10 minutes, so Boston has to make a decision, and let's see if they’re doing the math that they’ve had these assets for a while and it is time to do something bold and the time is now. Really, I think Boston will do it. The question is what will Chicago or Indiana do? And those are two hard reads.” 

Stein spoke to the Celtics’ lack of activity at certain points, but he said that if the C’s do fail to come away with a star player Thursday, it won’t be for lack of aggressiveness. 


“I think the Celtics are taking criticism for waiting, and they’ve had all these assets they haven’t moved yet, but I think the record shows that Danny Ainge in general, in total, is very aggressive, not afraid to roll the dice, not afraid to make the aggressive move,” Stein said. “So I have less doubt about Boston saying, ‘Let’s just do it.’ I have far more questions about what Chicago and/or Indiana would do.” 

Lowe said that he imagines the Bulls would “think about” trading the C's Butler if Boston threw in the Nets’ pick unprotected, but added that Chicago would demand to also take two players out of Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown. 

“I think that will be the offer and they’ll get there and Chicago will either have a moment where they say, ‘We walk away or we’ll do it.’ And Boston’s not going to throw in the other Nets pick,” Lowe said. “That’s just not going to happen.”

Rating the aforementioned foursome in terms of trade value, Lowe said that Crowder is the best piece because of his “ridiculously good” contract, followed by Brown, Smart and Bradley. 

Lowe added that he considers Bradley one of the “sneaky interesting pieces at this trade deadline” because his contract is up after next season, which is the same time that Isaiah Thomas’ contract expires. Lowe says that given the uncertainty of his future in Boston, he wouldn’t be overly surprised if Bradley is moved at the deadline. 

Report: Ainge wouldn't trade Nets pick for Butler, but would for George

Report: Ainge wouldn't trade Nets pick for Butler, but would for George

Will the Celtics part with the right to Brooklyn’s 2017 first-round pick in order to get a star before Thursday’s trade deadline? 


Citing a pair of NBA executives, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News wrote this week that Danny Ainge’s willingness to trade the pick should be in doubt.

Sola named Chicago’s Jimmy Butler and Paul George as potential targets, adding that the C’s might include the latter.   

Wrote Isola: 

Two executives doubt that Ainge, who historically plays it close to the vest, would give up the Nets pick in a deal for Butler. However, Ainge might consider it in a trade for George, the Pacers-free agent-to-be who has expressed doubts over re-signing with the Pacers.

‘With Danny, no one ever knows what he might do,' said the executive. ‘He's one of the best. If he thinks he can make a run at the Cavs this season, considering all the injuries Cleveland has had, I can see him making a move.

‘Everyone is talking about Butler to Boston but Danny and Larry Bird go way back. Paul George could be the sleeper.’

This season, the 26-year-old George is averaging 22.3 points 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists a game.