Crawford hopes to play Opening Day

February, 20, 2012
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford, an early arrival so that the club can monitor his surgically repaired left wrist, said his goal is to be in the Opening Day lineup and said that in his mind, "the odds are good" that he will be able to do so.

"I definitely don't want to miss any games. That's my goal right now."' said Crawford, who played catch here Monday, much to the surprise, he said, of manager Bobby Valentine, whom he said wasn't aware that he was throwing already.

Crawford, who had a debridement of the triangular cibrocartilage complex (TFCC) of his left wrist, which is on the pinky finger side of the wrist and impacts the ability to rotate the wrist, said he has been cleared to do everything but hit, adding that he hoped that would come soon. He is no longer wearing a brace on the wrist.

The wrist bothered him last season, he said, to the point that he had injections several times during the season.

"(But) I think I was out of whack so many ways last year that the wrist was minor," he said.

Crawford was asked about comments made by majority owner John W. Henry last season that he was opposed to signing him to a seven-year, $142 million deal last winter.

"I can't do nothing about what he said, just go out and play," Crawford said. "It was unfortunate that he said that. I wasn't happy about it, and a little surprised. It's unfortunate he feels that way."

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Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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