Crawford placed on DL with strained left hamstring


Crawford placed on DL with strained left hamstring

By Maureen Mullen Follow @maureenamullen
BOSTON -- Left fielder Carl Crawford has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Crawford injured his leg beating out an infield single in the first inning Friday night against the Brewers.

The Sox medical staff said Crawford would be out at least 10-14 days, making the decision to put the left fielder on the DL an easy one.

Outfielder Josh Reddick was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Crawfords place on the roster.

Manager Terry Francona said he would use Darnell McDonald, Mike Cameron, Reddick, and possibly Drew Sutton to take Crawfords place in the field and in the lineup. McDonald is starting in left tonight, batting sixth.

In 67 games this season, Crawford is batting .243 with six home runs, 31 RBI, and eight stolen bases in 12 attempts. He is in the first year of a seven-year, 142 million contract.

Reddick in his second stint with the Sox this season. He was also called up May 26, when Darnell McDonald went on the DL with a left quad strain, returning to Pawtucket on June 5. He has become accustomed to such moves.

Thats one role that Ive become accustomed to in the last few years that Ive been up and down with these guys and I feel like I know my role pretty well, he said. You can't get down on yourself. Youve just got to be ready to play every day and go through the same routines no matter what, whether you're playing or not playing.

I found real fast that youve got to stay in your routine whether you're playing or not. Last year that got really tough and frustrating and I just didn't stick with it. This year Ive kind of stuck with my routine whether I was playing down there or up here, so it seems to be keeping me in line a little bit more and in my groove a little bit better.

The left-handed hitting Reddick has hit .385 (5-for-13), with four RBI. He is third in the International League with 14 home runs. He was not in the starting lineup against Milwaukee left-hander Randy Wolf.

Hopefully, I can get in there against righties and play some left field, he said. I havent done it a whole lot this year but Ive done it in the past so I feel pretty comfortable out there.

Ive been out there the last two years. Ive been out there a few times but its just pretty simple. As they say anything thats hit over your head is off the wall so anything in front of you can pretty much come in on so thats the one thing I live by. Im not going to be afraid to go against the wall because I know Ells is there and hes quick enough to get over there.

Reddick, who made his major league debut July 31, 2009, has had several calls to help the big league team. While its always exciting, its different than it was that first time.

You always get excited, he said. But I dont think its as exciting as it was those first couple of times when you come up here and debut. You feel more comfortable and its something you're ready for as opposed to not being ready in the past. So its definitely a lot different now.

Having made the trip up and down I-95 between Boston and Pawtucket numerous times, he has a suggestion.

I think I told right-hander Michael Bowden last year or the beginning of this year theyre going to name that Lou Merloni Highway after me or him, Reddick said. Its better to be that guy than the guy that doesnt get the call at all. Got to look at it as a positive thing.

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NLCS: Cubs beat Dodgers 8-4, head home with 3-2 series lead


NLCS: Cubs beat Dodgers 8-4, head home with 3-2 series lead

LOS ANGELES - Jon Lester pitched seven sharp innings, Addison Russell hit a tiebreaking homer and the Chicago Cubs moved one win from their first World Series trip in 71 years by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Thursday.

The Cubs grabbed a 3-2 lead in the NL Championship Series and will have two chances to wrap up that elusive pennant back home at Wrigley Field.

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