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Friday, March 2, 2012
Wrist issue shuts down Carl Crawford

By Gordon Edes
ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford will refrain from swinging a bat for a couple of days after reporting inflammation in his surgically repaired left wrist, manager Bobby Valentine said Friday.

"He probably overdid it a little bit," said Valentine, adding that he preferred Crawford to take even more time off before resuming hitting.

Crawford, who did not swing a bat Friday, is taking anti-inflammatory medication, but Valentine expects the issue is only a minor setback.

Crawford in early January 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 April 5 in Detroit. Crawford said the "odds are good" he would be ready and said he has set that as a goal.

Valentine said Friday, however, that he would prefer Crawford not push himself to be in the lineup on April 5, and instead proceed at a pace that will translate to him being at full health when he does return.

Crawford told the Boston Globe that he felt pain after several rounds of bunting drills Wednesday.

"I'm always concerned when there's a setback. I don't know how bad it is. But according to the doctor it doesn't look that bad," Crawford said. "I was feeling real good, too. I wasn't expecting this."

Gordon Edes covers the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com.