Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Crawford probably out for first round
Posted Sep 24, 2008 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Sep 24, 2008 at 04:48 PM
BALTIMORE—Carl Crawford still insists his right hand feels good enough to play, but it sounds like the medical staff isn’t nearly as confident.
They still have not cleared Crawford to hit off live pitching and it doesn’t sound like that’s in the offing for this weekend, as Crawford had hoped. As a result, he acknowledged he isn’t likely to be ready in time for the Division Series.
“I was [going to take batting practice], but then they pulled back on that because the doctor don’t want me swinging this early still,” said Crawford. “I feel good. I feel like I could play a game today if I had to, but it’s just kind of put on hold right now.
“If I’m not taking BP this week, the first round is looking a little iffy right now. That’s what I was really worried about and that’s what I’m more disappointed about.”
The doctor who performed the surgery on Crawford last month is insisting the player wait the prescribed eight weeks before getting back to full activity, allowing the hand to heal. If Crawford has to adhere to that timeline, the eight weeks would expire just about the time the ALCS gets under way.
“It’s just frustrating, because by eight weeks, I know I’ll be more than ready to play by then,” he said.