Full speed ahead for rehabbing Sox
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Carl Crawford never stopped moving, which was an encouraging sign for an outfielder who has spent much of 2012 dealing with roadblocks.
In his third start with Double A Portland Thursday night as he rehabs from a partially torn ligament in his left elbow, Crawford ripped a triple to the left-center gap in the fifth inning at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. He never broke stride, rounding second with purpose and sliding into third without a throw.
“I hope to be able to drive the ball well,” Crawford said. “Like I said, just trying not to do too much. I got a good piece of wood on it. It found a gap.”
Crawford scored on Jackie Bradley’s single and finished 1 for 4. Since joining Portland, Crawford is 4 for 10 with an RBI, two walks, and one stolen base.
After undergoing wrist surgery in January, Crawford’s rehabilitation was halted by the elbow injury. He nearly had another scare Tuesday when he fouled a ball off his right knee, but there were no apparent residual effects.
“I’ve been getting just about everything — running the bases, seeing balls off the bat,” Crawford said.
“Of course I’d like to be up in the big leagues playing right now, but I don’t know if that’s possible. Definitely, in the back of my mind, I wish I was up there playing.”
Jacoby Ellsbury, who went 1 for 5 in his Portland debut Wednesday as he rehabs his partially dislocated right shoulder, was not in the lineup. Ellsbury tweeted that his absence was scheduled, and that he was “looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow.”
Ryan Sweeney went 1 for 4 as the designated hitter in his first rehab start since going to the disabled list June 17 with a left big toe fracture. His hit was a first-inning single up the middle.
“Hopefully, I’ll be activated here pretty soon,” Sweeney said. “I think it’s up to the front office, because there are so many guys on the DL, coming off the DL, so there’s going to be some decisions that will probably need to be made in the next couple of days. All I can do is go where they tell me to go.”