FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After kicking off his spring training with a three-run home run in the Red Sox' exhibition game against Northeastern, Saturday at JetBlue Park, Adrian Gonzalez proclaimed his right shoulder "100 percent," and said he is playing with no limitations this spring.
"My shoulder, I've been saying it all along, feels great," Gonzalez said. "It's 100 percent and I've been able to get that high finish and do everything I want to do when I'm at the plate. So I'm happy about that."
Gonzalez explained that he is in a much better place this spring compared to last March, when he didn't get into a game until March 12.
"This year I'm definitely more relaxed," he said. "I feel better overall and I'm not rehabbing, I'm not getting acquainted with new people and going through all that stuff. It's a pretty big difference from last year to this year."
Gonzalez offered some insight as to what Carl Crawford is currently going through in the left fielder's rehab from surgery on his left wrist. Crawford has experienced a setback after having to deal with some swelling in the injured wrist earlier this week.
"The main focus should always be that when you're coming back, you're coming back to play every day. You're not coming back to have setbacks," Gonzalez said. "The only advice I always give CC when I talk to him is to make sure he comes back 100 percent. You're going to have setbacks, that's normal. Nobody goes through a pain-free, zero-swelling, zero-inflammation rehab because you're pushing yourself. You're going to have setbacks. It's going to happen.
"From the get-go I heard it's going to be 50-50 whether he was going to be able to start. Personally, I want him to be 100 percent when he steps on the field. I don't know when that is. I'm not training staff or anything, but when he gets on the field he needs to be 100 percent."
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