(NEW YORK) — The Boston Red Sox are falling further and further in the standings, but there is some hope on the horizon. Outfielder Carl Crawford has been cleared to begin a throwing program and inches closer towards a comeback according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Crawford has yet to play for the Red Sox this season after recovering from wrist surgery and a partially torn elbow ligament. Crawford told Abraham that his wrist is “pretty much back to normal at this point,” but his elbow still needs more time to fully recover.
In 2010, Crawford signed a seven-year contract worth $142 million. He had spent the previous nine seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays where he established himself as one of the better hitters/base stealers in the American League. Despite the hefty contract, Crawford struggled mightily in his first season in Boston. Since becoming an everyday player, Crawford set career lows in batting average, walks, stolen bases, and on base percentage.
He isn’t expected to return to the team for at least another month at best.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN