Carl Crawford, who is a complete unknown for Opening Day, took a step in the right direction yesterday. Crawford is on the mend from Tommy John surgery, but he is not healing as quickly as most thought he would. Yesterday, he took batting practice against teammates.
According to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, this marked the first time in which Crawford had hit off his teammates. He had akin batting practice against the coaches last week.
“Your timing at this point is never going to be the way you want it, but it wasn’t as far off as I would expect it to be, either,” he said.
Crawford was a bust in Boston, but he is looking to reinvent himself in Los Angeles. To do so, he needs to be healthy. If Crawford were to rush back and play through pain, he could dame his reputation further.
After signing with the Boston Red Sox in December of 2010, Crawford played two seasons with the Sox and appeared in a total of 161 games. He hit .260/.292/.419 in that time.
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