UPDATE: Sunday, July 15, 10:28 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney
After missing Boston's first 89 games, Carl Crawford will finally make his return on Monday.
Bobby Valentine acted like he was the last to know, but after Sunday's 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, the Boston Red Sox manager confirmed what Carl Crawford has been telling the world for days: He will be rejoining the Red Sox on Monday night.
Crawford had been out with a wrist injury, but after a rehab stint that lasted 11 games, it appears he is finally ready to make his comeback.
The Red Sox, who have lost seven of their last 10 and are just one game over .500, will welcome Crawford back with open arms.
The left fielder may have struggled last year, but Boston needs all the help it can get.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 11, 3:40 p.m. ET by Eric Ball
Another rehab stint is on the horizon for Crawford.
Chad Finn of Boston.com is reporting Crawford will start a rehab assignment this Thursday night with Pawtucket, the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate.
Crawford has missed the entire first half of the season with wrist and elbow injuries, and went on his first rehab assignment in the end of June with the Gulf Coast Red Sox. A setback on July 5th with the PawSox re-set his rehab clock, which will now reset tomorrow.
As long as everything goes according to plan, Crawford should be back with the Red Sox by the beginning of August for the stretch run of the MLB season.
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UPDATE: Sunday, May 6, 8:50 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
With the Boston Red Sox stationed in last place in the AL East with an 11-15 record, the need for slugger Carl Crawford’s bat in the lineup is at an all-time high. Too bad the team will have to continue to wait.
The Boston Globe is reporting about Crawford’s injury and what is being described as “thickness” in his elbow:
Carl Crawford still has “thickness’’ in his elbow after receiving an injection of platelet-rich plasma April 26 to help his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. Crawford is due for an exam later this week and could be cleared to start swinging a bat again.
While its hard to tell what "thickness" in the elbow means, it can’t be a good thing. The organization is hopeful that Crawford will return sooner rather than later, but the team must be smart and not rush him back. They need the slugging outfielder more in September than May.
UPDATE: Thursday, April 26 at 9:40 p.m. ET
Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald passed along this update on Crawford's elbow:
#RedSox: UCL sprain Crawford elbow. Conservative treatment plan. Platelet rich plasma injection. Will be shut down for now. No timetable— Michael Silverman (@MikeSilvermanBB) April 27, 2012
It was reported earlier on Thursday (see below) that Crawford could be out of action as long as three months. It's unclear if that prognosis still stands, or if Crawford's treatment plan will allow him to return to action sooner.
What's for sure is that the diagnosis could have been a lot worse than a UCL sprain. It could have been a tear, which likely would have required surgery to repair.
The latest news is not good for a player the Red Sox would very much like to see in uniform immediately. The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reports via Twitter on Crawford's timetable.
Looks like Carl Crawford will miss three months. Sox issuing press release shortly on details.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) April 26, 2012
Crawford has yet to play for the Red Sox this season, mired in a couple of injuries that have kept him sidelined.
ESPN reported earlier this week that Crawford, who had offseason surgery on his wrist, was going to get a second opinion on his ailing elbow.
Boston would love to have Crawford back, as they also have star Jacoby Ellsbury shelved for six-to-eight weeks with a shoulder injury.
I am sure that Crawford is eager to get on the field to make up for a 2011 campaign that was one of the worst in his career, hitting .255 with 11 home runs and 18 stolen bases.
The Red Sox are off to a 7-10 start that has seen their new manager Bobby Valentine come under heavy fire for how he is handling the team.
Crawford's bat and field presence will be missed for however long he continues to be out.
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