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Crawford On Minor Elbow Strain: ‘Just A Little Setback’

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Carl Crawford has no timetable for his return to the field. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Carl Crawford has no timetable for his return to the field. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – If his wrist injury wasn’t enough to come back from, Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford was recently diagnosed with a minor strain in his left elbow.

Crawford returned to Boston recently to have the elbow examined after he began to feel discomfort while throwing. Crawford was already working his way back from wrist surgery when the discomfort began.

“I had to come up here to get my elbow checked and I think it was best to be here with the doctors for the next few days,” Crawford said from the Red Sox clubhouse on Friday. “I’m not sure when I’m going back to Fort Myers, but I should be heading back pretty soon.”

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Crawford was scheduled to play in extended Spring Training games this week, but that has been pushed back with the recent elbow ailment. The Sox outfielder is hoping to play in some games down in Florida next week.

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“It’s just a little setback, but hopefully I’ll catch up,” he said.

“He’s going to be able to DH ASAP in those games down there; I even think he can run around the outfield and hand it off if we’re worried about him throwing,” Red Sox manager Valentine said before the team’s home opener at Fenway. “The guys who are in charge of the rehab have to take control of that situation.”

Crawford hit just .255 with 11 home runs and 56 RBI in 2011, his first with Boston after signing a seven-year, $142 million deal.

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