Monday, March 5, 2012
Don't expect Crawford for Opening Day
By Gordon Edes
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Monday that Opening Day "probably is not realistic" for Carl Crawford after the left fielder was examined and told that he should curtail swinging and throwing for 5-7 days.
"A little inflammation was detected," Valentine said of Crawford's surgically repaired left wrist. On Monday, Crawford was examined by Dr. Donald Sheridan, the surgeon who performed the procedure, after reporting inflammation late last week.
Valentine has said from the outset of camp that he would prefer Crawford not push himself to be ready for the season opener on April 5 in Detroit.
"As I've said from the get-go," Valentine said. "It's not the calendar. He'll be ready when he's ready. As we talked about, with Carl, he loves to do a lot of stuff. It's probably not in his best interest at this time to overdo it. And overdo it for Carl is just regular."
Crawford was not in the clubhouse Monday during media availability.
In early January, Crawford underwent a debridement of the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) of his left wrist, which is on the pinkie finger side of the wrist and affects the ability to rotate the wrist.
The wrist bothered him last season, he said, to the point that he had injections several times during the season.
But he came to camp already throwing and was soon hitting off a tee in the cage, exceeding projections and sparking speculation that he would be ready for Opening Day.
In other Red Sox health news, closer Andrew Bailey threw Monday with "no ill effects," Valentine said. "The report we just got is he's fine."
Bailey has yet to be told when he is pitching in a Grapefruit League game but Valentine expects he will make a total of seven appearances in exhibition play. Bailey reported a sore lat muscle during the training portion of his team physical earlier in camp.
Pitcher Daniel Bard, who had reported a little back soreness, is also fine and is scheduled to pitch Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles, Valentine said.