Carl Crawford (7 for 51) is getting a day off. Terry Francona and bench coach DeMarlo Hale talked it over last night and told Crawford before he left.
“We were trying to get to Monday with Carl. Monday looked like a real good day to give him a day to kind of regroup,” Francona said. “I think he really wanted to play, which we like. But I think it will do him more good to take a little bit of a breath this morning and just let things slow down for him.
“There’s no doubt in anybody’s mind, this guy is going to be everything everybody thinks. He’s too good. He’s going through a really tough time.”
Crawford is a tremendously hard worker and a very earnest guy. He understands the situation and spoke honestly about his struggles.
“From the outside looking in, I guess I’m trying to do too much,” he said. “I’m trying a little but too hard. I probably need to try and do a little bit at a time. I’m trying to do too much at one time. I feel normal, but I guess I probably am trying to do too much.”
Crawford admitted to being too anxious at the plate.
“You look up there and you see that 1-something average. You try and get it all in one at-bat,” he said. “I’ve got to take it one at-bat at a time, take it one pitch at a time and go from there.”
Crawford can never remember starting a season this cold.
“Definitely new territory for me,” he said. “I’ve got to figure a way to get up out of it. Hopefully at some point things will turn around.”
Jim Rice stopped by Crawford’s locker this morning to offer a few words of advice.
“Just relax, that’s all I said. He’s pressing,” Rice said. “He’s a great kid. He’ll be OK.”
That the team is struggling only makes the situation worse for Crawford.
“It’s bad all around right now. It’s so stormy,” he said. “It’s tough because the team’s not hitting, you’re not hitting well. You have to take all that, stay strong and try to stay focused and do the things you do well. It’s tough right now. But I’m still doing the little things I need to do to get better.”
• RHP Matt Albers will go on a rehab assignment to Pawtucket. He is scheduled to pitch tomorrow and Tuesday.
• RHP Junichi Tazawa threw two innings in extended spring training on Friday against a team of Twins players. He allowed one hit and threw 16 pitches.