FORT MYERS, Fla. - Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford will shut down for about a week to rest his sore left wrist, manager Bobby Valentine announced.
"He was examined (by Dr. Donald Sheridan) and determined that he should curtail his swinging and his throwing for five to seven days," Valentine said. "Little inflammation was detected. He's going to do just that (rest)."
Valentine would not rule out Opening Day entirely but admtted, "The Opening Day thing is probably not realistic. it's not the calendar. He'll be ready when he's ready. As we talked about before he got here and we've reiterated that Carl loves to do a lot of stuff and it's probably not in his best interest at this time to overdo it. Its more work than his wrist needs at this time."
Crawford has had to curtail activities for a few days after his surgically repaired left wrist developed inflammation after bunting drills.
The Sox play tonight (7 p.m.) at Hammond Field vs. the Twins.
Righthander Clay Buchholz gets his turn to pitch. He's expected to throw two innings and be followed by Vicente Padilla, Will Inman, Jesse Carlson and Brandon Duckworth.
Padilla is an interesting guy to watch. He's a guy with a troubled past, but has great stuff and the eephus pitch, which is fun to watch. Padilla could be vying for a fifth spot in the rotation or a bullpen spot.