FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Speaking in the JetBlue Park home clubhouse prior to the Red Sox' game against the Orioles Tuesday morning, Carl Crawford talked about the approach he is taking with his surgically-repaired left wrist. It was learned, after being examined by Dr. Donald Sheridan Monday, that Crawford is going to go without any hitting or throwing for 5-7 days due to continued inflammation.
"Just took it in stride. There isn't too much I can do," he said. "I just have to go with the flow and do whatever I can. ... At the end of the day, it's probably best to wait until it heals correctly and that way I can be strong and I don't have to worry about it happening again."
Crawford later added, "I thought I would have been fine by now."
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Monday that having Crawford return by Opening Day was "probably not realistic." When asked about any adjusted goal for a return, the outfielder said, "I don't have a timetable. I don't know."
"I'm not disappointed at all," he added. "It's something I can't control. I just have to wait until it gets ready. My body feels strong. My hand actually feels storng. I just have to wait until the soreness goes away."
Crawford said he typically likes to get a lot of plate appearances in during spring training -- having totaled 52 last year -- so when it comes to figuring out how much time it would take to prepare for the season once he is healthy, the outfielder said that remains a mystery.
"That's the question I really don't know," he said. "I just have to get out there and see how I'm feeling. Normally for me I would like to get a lot of ABs, so whatever that number is I'm going to try and get up there to where I'm feeling good and have confidence when I come back."
Crawford said he has no regrets identifying Opening Day as his target date.
"I think I was just focused on trying to get back period," he explained. "Opening Day was a goal, but I wanted to be ready for spring training games so I could get the reps and stuff. I wanted to get on the field in general."
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