Boston’s Carl Crawford to miss opening day?

Mark J. Miller

When Boston Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford started increasing his hitting activity right around New Year's, he experienced soreness in his left wrist, Sox GM Ben Cherington said, according to MLB.com. It wasn't' going away and has been there in the past so Crawford opted for surgery on Tuesday, which may keep him from being with the team on opening day in April, the site notes.

Cherington is optimistic that Crawford will be with the team for "the bulk of the season," according to the site. "We're not going to put an exact timeline on it," Cherington said. "We expect him to be hitting at some point during spring training and then expect him to be in position to return to play at some point very early in the season."

There were high expectations for Crawford last year when he joined the Sox after nine seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays. After batting .307 with 19 homers and 47 stolen bases for the Rays in 2010, Crawford batted .255 with 11 homers and 18 stolen bases last year.

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