FORT MYERS, Fla. (CBS) – The Red Sox know who their left fielder is for the 2012 season.
They just don’t know when he’ll be ready to play. Carl Crawford is recovering from offseason wrist surgery after a disappointing first season in Boston, and the exact timetable for his return has yet to be made public.
New manager Bobby Valentine, though, said Wednesday that he doesn’t expect Crawford to be ready for the first two weeks of the season, at best.
“We gotta get Carl as healthy as possible as soon as possible,” Valentine told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Jonny Miller.
The Red Sox’ season opens Thursday, April 5 in Detroit. The home opener is April 13 at Fenway against the Rays, and the two-week mark of the season will see the Yankees in Boston for a weekend series.
Crawford, 30, his .255 last year, the lowest average of his career, and hit 11 home runs while driving in 56 runs in 130 games.