SEATTLE — Carl Crawford played his second game in left field for the Gulf Coast league Red Sox and made a long throw to the plate without elbow pain according to Bobby Valentine.
“We had the cutoff man set up for him where he could throw it short and he didn’t want to throw it short,” Valentine said. “He wanted to throw it long to see how it felt and he said it felt fine.”
Crawford was 1 for 3 with a walk in the game against Baltimore in Sarasota, Fla. He is 2 for 9 with three walks in the three games he has played.
In other notes from beautiful Safeco Field:
• Jacoby Ellsbury is set be the designated hitter for the GC team against the Twins in Fort Myers on Friday afternoon. It will be the first injury rehab game for Ellsbury since he partially dislocated his right shoulder back on April 13.
• Scott Podsednik, out with a groin strain, will start a rehab assignment with Pawtucket on Friday.
• Ryan Sweeney, who is on the disabled with a stress fracture in his left big toe, took batting practice in the cage on Thursday. According to the report Valentine was given, that was the “initiation of land-based activities.” Previously Sweeney was working out in a pool.
There is no date set for Sweeney to start a rehab assignment.
• Rich Hill is 7-10 days away from throwing in the bullpen as he recovers from a flexor tendon strain in his left elbow. “My arm feels great playing catch,” he said. “Now we have to build back up and eventually get back on the mound. It has been going really well.”
• Andrew Bailey is playing long toss and getting close to returning to the mound. The closer, out all season recovering from thumb surgery, threw two bullpen sessions before being slowed own because of a sore arm.
• Maine native Charlie Furbush is having a season worthy of All-Star consideration for the Mariners.
A 26-year-old lefthander from Portland, Furbush has a 1.95 earned run average and a 0.62 WHIP over 28 appearances and 32.1 innings.
Furbush also was working on a streak of 20.1 consecutive scoreless innings over 16 appearances dating back to May 15. He had allowed three hits with three walks and 29 strikeouts.
Furbush pitched two innings against the Sox at Fenway Park on May 15, giving up a run in the fifth inning then throwing a scoreless sixth to start his streak.
Furbush started his career at St. Joseph’s College in Maine before transferring to LSU. He was drafted by the Tigers in 2007 and traded to the Mariners in 2011 with two other players for Doug Fister.