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Mon, 09/17/2012 - 11:14pm  

Maddon surprised Crawford didn't work out

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Speaking before his team's series-opening game against the Red Sox, Rays manager Joe Maddon expressed his surprise that Carl Crawford's stay in Boston didn't work out.

"I am," said Maddon when asked if the troubles that came with Crawford's 161-game stint with the Red Sox surprised him. "I know it's was to say CC was unable to handle that, but I thought he would because Carl just loves to play and he plays hard and he works hard. He keeps the blinders on and just stays focused. I didn't think the off the field stuff would bother him that much, because I thought he would be playing well. I thought the fans would embrace his hard-playing style. 

"I never had a problem  with Carl not going after it hard, and I thought the Boston fans would appreciate how hard he went after things, because that's what he did here."

Crawford, who played for Maddon from 2006-10, was dealt to the Dodgers Aug. 25 after finishing his Red Sox career hitting .260 with a .711 OPS in 664 plate appearances. It's a move the Tampa Bay manager believes is probably for the best.

"I would say after the experience he just had it is going to be better for him, although I still think he could have thrived in Boston," Maddon said. "I'm sure maybe his overall confidence took a hit. Sometimes when your confidence takes a hit, your focus can wane also. I'm talking about anybody. … I have nothing but great times and a great relationship with him. He would still look great in a Rays uniform.

"He's going to go out there, he'll get a place, nobody is going to know him, he's going to play hard and he's going to be fine. The other thing is with all the batting order discrepancies, that's the part I knew would play on him. Those were the kind of things that he would potentially read into wrong and may impact him, but when it came to effort and acceptance by the fans I thought that would be a no-brainer."

Crawford likely out until at least May, 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.

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