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Carl Crawford 'frustrated' with elbow injury

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  April 13, 2012 11:28 AM

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Carl Crawford made an appearance in the Red Sox clubhouse this morning and said the MRI he had on his left elbow earlier this week showed a strain.

Crawford, who started the season April 4 on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to March 26) after undergoing offseason left wrist surgery, had planned to miss Boston's home opener to be in Fort Myers, Fla., to continue rehab work on his wrist.

"I just had to come up here and get my elbow checked,'' Crawford said. "I think it was best to be up here with the doctors for the next few days, so I'm not sure when I'm going back to Fort Myers, but I should be headed back pretty soon.''

Crawford said the issue with his elbow came as a setback.

"This was the week I was scheduled to play games,'' Crawford said. "It's just a little setback. It's just a strain and we're going to have to work on it a little bit. I'm guessing I'll be playing some games next week, hopefully.

"It was frustrating because I was looking forward to playing those games," he said. "It got pushed back a week, so I'll just have to wait a little longer and be patient."

Crawford said he began feeling pain in his left elbow "a couple of weeks ago" in spring training.

"I tried to start throwing and I felt it,'' Crawford said. "I was working on it for a while and they decided to have me come up and get it checked. It was a little surprising, but I guess that motion where I flick it at the end was what really was causing the pain.''

Crawford said that his elbow issue was not in any way related to his wrist.

"When I got the MRI on the elbow they said it was a strain,'' Crawford said. "I just strained it.''

Asked if he was excited to be in Boston for Opening Day, even though he would not be able to play against his former team, the Tampa Rays, Crawford replied, "I'm excited about being here, back with team, being around the guys, being here for the 100th anniversary. So we'll see how that goes. It should be an exciting time for all of us today.''

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