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Carl Crawford Injury: Red Sox Outfielder Now 'Not Realistic' For Opening Day

Following a setback suffered last Friday, it appears that the road to recovery for Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford will take a little bit longer than expected.

Crawford was told by the surgeon the performed his left wrist surgery, Dr. Donald Sheridan that he should probably stay away from his regular routine of batting and throwing for about five to seven days. According to Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, Opening day is "probably not realistic" for him at this point.

In early January, Crawford underwent a debridement of the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) of his left wrist, which effects one's ability to rotate the wrist. According to Crawford, the wrist bothered him extensively to the point where he needed to have several injections over the course of the season.

As for Valentine and the Red Sox going forward, the most important thing is that they do not want him to push himself to be ready for Opening Day in Detroit on April 5.

"As I've said from the get-go," Valentine said. "It's not the calendar. He'll be ready when he's ready. As we talked about, with Carl, he loves to do a lot of stuff. It's probably not in his best interest at this time to overdo it. And overdo it for Carl is just regular." (ESPN Boston)

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