Rehab updates: Crawford, Hill and Miller


Rehab updates: Crawford, Hill and Miller

DETROIT -- Three players who began the season on the disabled list are each making progress toward returning to the lineup.

Outfielder Carl Crawford is set to begin getting some at-bats in extended spring training games "very soon,'' according to manager Bobby Valentine.

'I heard he's progressing really nicely,'' said manager Bobby Valentine. "There was a conversation about whether he would want to come up for the (home opener) and he's rather get the DH appearances that are scheduled. He's feeling good.''

If Crawford experiences no setbacks in the extended spring games in Fort Myers, he could begin his rehab assignment with a minor league affiliate.

The plan calls for Crawford to get some at-bats as a DH, then have him graduate to some time in the outfield and running the bases.

"We're trying to get a comprehensive, but not rushed program for him,'' said Valentine.

The expectation is that Crawford will need approximately 50 at-bats between extended spring games and rehab games before being activated.

Rich Hill (Tommy John surgery) and Andrew Miller (hamstring) are both scheduled to pitch for Single A Greenville Saturday.

Hill is scheduled to start and pitch the first inning, with Miller coming in for the second inning.

Miller, who started some games in spring training, will be used exclusively out of the bullpen for the time being.

"We don't have the time to stretch him out now,'' said Valentine.

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


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.