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Thursday, June 28, 2012
OF update: Crawford, Ells, Pods, Sweeney

By John Hickey

SEATTLE -- It seems likely that outfielder Carl Crawford will be ready to join the Red Sox sometime in early-to-mid July.

The veteran, who is recovering from left wrist surgery, played in his third injury rehab game with the Red Sox's Golf Coast League team Wednesday. Crawford is 2-for-9 in three games, but for Valentine the big news was that he made a throw from the outfield to the plate Wednesday, bypassing the cutoff man.

"He made the throw all the way home," Valentine said. "They had the cutoff man set, but he didn't want to throw it to him."

The willingness to throw is important because Crawford will need to be able to throw without pain before the Sox will be comfortable bringing him off the DL.

Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who is on the 60-day DL with shoulder troubles, is due to begin an injury rehab start Friday with the GCL Sox.

Outfielder Scott Podsednik (left groin strain) is on track to start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

Outfielder Ryan Sweeney (left big toe inflammation) will start what is being expertly described as land-based activities after having been limited to work in the exercise pool.

Closer Andrew Bailey is starting to throw some long toss as he fights off the effects of right thumb surgery.