Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, who remains sidelined by an elbow strain he suffered in extended spring training, said that he has begun taking soft toss in his progression back from his injury, but until he begins throwing, his status will remain uncertain.
"The strength was pretty good, I'm building that up, feeling pretty good turning the bat loose, but you got to remember, swinging was never the problem. I don't really feel like [I'll] have any setbacks doing that," said Crawford. "[Throwing is] going to be the true test, I can do all the stuff, but the true test is whenever I start back throwing and I finally get to see how that feels and that's when I really know where I'm at. ... I think I'm about 10 days away, somewhere around there, two weeks, 10 days away from throwing. I don't know the exact day."
Manager Bobby Valentine said that the Red Sox will have Crawford simulate the mechanics of throwing that do not involve the outfielder's arm, essentially shadow throwing using only his legs and core. GM Ben Cherington said last week in Baltimore that the team was hopeful that an early-July return might prove possible for the outfielder, who has been out all year after undergoing offseason wrist surgery and then, during his rehab, suffering his left elbow injury.
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