PORTLAND, Maine -- Making his first rehab appearance with Double-A Portland, Carl Crawford (left elbow) finished his night going 1-for-2 with two walks. He flew out to left field and beat out a slow roller to second base for his hit.
Crawford, who also stole third and scored a run, saw a total of 22 pitches.
The outfielder received a scare in his second at-bat when he fouled a ball off his right knee, dropping to the ground and staying there for a few minutes. But after being tended to by the Sea Dogs medical staff, Crawford stayed in the game and showed no ill effects the rest of the way.
"It’s one of those things where you’ll know tomorrow how it feels. Right now it’s not as bad as it looked. It’s not too bad right now," said Crawford, who explained the ball hit off the top of his knee, then hitting his shin. "I just hoped I hadn’t broken it. I hit it so hard, at the time I was just hoping everything was OK."
After singling in the seventh inning, Crawford was replaced by pinch-runner Peter Hissey.
In the field, Crawford made a nice throw into second on a single off the left-field wall in the first inning. The left fielder also came up short when diving for a ball in left-center, resulting in a Melky Mesa seventh-inning double.
Crawford will join the Sea Dogs for their road trip to Manchester, N.H., Wednesday, saying he will have a better idea what the next step is after two games against the Fisher Cats.
"I’m pretty sure they have a target, but I don’t know what it is just yet," he said. "Hopefully it will be sooner than later."
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