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Carl Crawford suffers scare in otherwise uneventful rehab start

PORTLAND, Maine — An otherwise uneventful rehab start for Carl Crawford nearly ended in disaster.

The left fielder, rehabbing at Double A Portland from a left wrist injury that required surgery in January, and a partially torn ligament in his left elbow that has kept him on the disabled list all season, fouled a ball off his right knee in the third inning Tuesday night.

Crawford immediately fell to the ground, clutching his knee in pain, and remained there for some time. After a visit from the Sea Dogs’ trainer, Crawford shook it off and flied out to left, showing no signs of pain as he jogged to first, without a limp.

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“I just hoped I hadn’t broken it,” Crawford said. “I hit it so hard at the time, so I was just hoping everything was OK.”

It was by far the most exciting moment for Crawford in his first rehab start for Portland. He went 1 for 2 with two walks, and exited in the seventh for a pinch-runner after beating out a slow roller in between the mound and first base.

In the first inning, he worked a full-count walk, stole third after advancing to second on a fielder’s choice, and scored on a sacrifice fly.

“I didn’t put the bat on the ball as well as I would have liked to, but I was fine with the way I took pitches,” Crawford said.

Defensively, he got few chances to seriously test his arm in left. In the first, he held Addison Maruszak to a single with a nice throw to second. He missed a diving catch at full extension on a double by center fielder Melky Mesa in the seventh, and came up empty on a throw in the third that saw the speedy Mesa stretch a groundball single to left into a double.

In five games with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox before heading up to Hadlock Field, Crawford was 3 for 14 with a double, five walks and two runs scored.

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The length of Crawford’s stay in Portland is up in the air. Per his rehab schedule, he should return to the Sox lineup after the All-Star break. The Sea Dogs start a six-game road trip to New Hampshire and Trenton on Wednesday. Crawford said he would travel, but was unclear on the Sox’s extended timetable for him.

“I’ll probably have a better idea of what I’m doing, maybe after the second day on the road,” Crawford said. “I’m pretty sure they have a target, but I don’t know what it is just yet.

“Hopefully it’ll be sooner than later.”

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