|Red Sox pregame notes: Carl Crawford’s rehab assignment stopped due to ‘mild left groin strain’||07.07.12 at 1:12 pm ET|
Carl Crawford just can’t seem to catch a break. The left fielder suffered what the team described as a “mild left groin strain” on Thursday while rounding second on his way to recording a triple.
Now that Crawford has a new injury to recover from, his rehab assignment will be stopped, giving him a few days off to recover. According to MLB rules, Crawford cannot play another rehab game until five days after the injury, which means that he cannot play again until Wednesday.
“He hit a triple the night before and when he turned second he just felt a little twinge there,” said Bobby Valentine. “So his rehab is taking a couple days off from hitting and playing. But he is going to go right back to hitting and start hitting again soon in a game … It’s a preventative thing to make sure it doesn’t get worse.
Crawford also said that there are “still some issues” with his elbow on Friday, raising concern that he will not be 100 percent ready when he returns to Boston. However, Valentine denied that the elbow issues have raised a “red flag.”
“I think we have to manage that situation as he plays,” Valentine said. “It’s maybe just a caution flag.”
Another Red Sox player recovering from an injury is Will Middlebrooks, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered on July 1 in Seattle. Valentine noted that Middlebrooks is close to returning, but that he would like to be careful with the injury.“I don’t know [when he will return],” Valentine said. “He hit for almost two innings in the game yesterday in the cage. He felt nothing. When it’s pulled muscles I always like to give it a day after someone feels like they are fine.
“Some of the madness in not DL-ing him was to have him ready coming out of the break and to not miss those five games on the other side.”
Valentine put on a big smile when asked about the comments that Mark Teixeira made about Vicente Padilla yesterday, claiming to have not know about the history between the two.
“[Padilla] hasn’t been [throwing at players] this year,” Valentine said before joking, “He has got to get back to that, I think.
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“We’re just guessing at what we might need and what we might need most,” Valentine said.
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