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Sox Give Crawford Week Off

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) _ Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford
will be shut down this week to let his left wrist heal and it’s
unlikely he’ll be ready to play by opening day.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Monday that Crawford would
held out for five to seven days because of inflammation. Crawford
had surgery on his wrist in mid-January.

Crawford had been throwing and swinging a bat but had to limit
his activities last week after he developed soreness in his wrist.
Valentine says it’s “probably not realistic” that Crawford
would be set to play when the Red Sox begin the season April 5 at
Detroit.

Crawford had career lows with a .255 batting average and 18
stolen bases in 2011, the first season of his seven-year, $142
million with Boston.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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