Crawford to play Saturday GCL game

June, 22, 2012
6/22/12
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BOSTON -- Injured Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford remains on track to begin rehab games with the organization's Gulf Coast League affiliate in Florida on Saturday, but manager Bobby Valentine knows it will be a careful road back.

Valentine said Friday that Crawford will require a rehab stint similar in activity to spring training "at least." That means about 45 at-bats, which based on the Gulf Coast League schedule could have Crawford back at Fenway Park in a month "or 20 days."

"His health will determine a lot of his progress," Valentine said. "But then again, it's also baseball. He has to feel good about playing baseball. That's what spring training is usually for."

It begins for Crawford, who is recovering from a left elbow injury, on Saturday morning with a 10 a.m. game against the Twins' affiliate. Crawford will likely serve as the designated hitter, play the outfield in a second game Monday (Sunday is a day off for the team) and then DH again Tuesday, but that schedule remains up in the air.

"It all depends on how the elbow feels," Valentine said.

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