07/16/11 11:27 PM ET
Crawford goes 1-for-5 in rehab, set to rejoin Sox
By Mike Scandura / Special to MLB.com
Crawford finished his two-game rehab assignment for the Pawtucket Red Sox with one hit in five at-bats against the Durham Bulls.
Crawford, who played five innings in left field for the second straight game, was 0-for-3 Saturday night. He wasn't called on to make any plays in the field.
"He got his work in and was happy with what he did," PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler said. "He came in and got his treatment and got out of here. I haven't gone into the training room yet, but I think they would have told me if anything happened.
"I didn't hear anything negative at all."
Crawford was unavailable after the game, having left the stadium approximately a half-hour after leaving the game.
Durham right-hander Matt Torra, a Pittsfield native who attended UMass-Amherst, induced Crawford to swing and miss at an inside fastball in the first inning on a 1-2 pitch.
Crawford had an opportunity to flash his speed in the third when he hit a grounder to first baseman Dan Johnson. Johnson threw to Torra for the out, but Crawford busted down the line and made a routine play closer than would have been the case with a slower runner.
Durham led 7-1 entering the bottom of the fourth. Pawtucket rallied for two runs and had men on first and third with one out when manager Charlie Montoyo replaced Torra with left-hander R.J. Swindle.
Swindle, who throws with a three-quarter-arm delivery, jammed Crawford on a 3-2 pitch and Crawford popped out weakly to third base. Swindle kept Crawford off-balance during that at-bat with his off-speed pitches.
After Crawford's popup and a Ryan Lavarnway walked, Lars Anderson belted a grand slam that tied the game at 7. Durham eventually won, 11-8.
Crawford has been on the disabled list since June 18 with a strained left hamstring muscle.
"You can't work on your timing in 'BP'," Beyeler said. "That's why he came down here. He's going to have to get his timing back and get going again. All these guys do the same thing. He's going to have to get at-bats.
"But he's a speed guy. He can put the ball in play and cause some havoc on the bases and play defense and do some stuff. From that standpoint, he's still a dangerous guy. It's not like he's a 'clogger,' so if he doesn't hit, he doesn't bring anything else to the table.
"He'll put the ball in play and he'll be a tough out until he gets things rolling," Beyeler continued. "All some of these guys need is for the big league lights to turn on and they're ready to roll, so you just never know."
Crawford could have had a fourth at-bat in the fifth with the bases loaded, but Beyeler sent up Nate Spears as a pinch-hitter.
"It would have been nice to have him come to the plate," Beyeler said. "Even if we knew [we were going to load the bases], he wasn't going to hit. He was getting three at-bats and getting out of here.
"That's what he wanted to get done. He got his work in. He knows what he needs and, hopefully, he's ready to go."
Mike Scandura is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.