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Boston center fielder Coco Crisp, sidelined since April 8 with a finger injury, hopes to play in about 10 days. Crisp, who replaced Johnny Damon after he signed with the New York Yankees, said Friday night he'll probably have a rehabilitation assignment in the minors before playing for the Red Sox. Crisp had X-rays Thursday on his left index finger, which was fractured at its base when he slid into third base in a game against Baltimore. The leadoff hitter is batting .333 with six runs, no RBI and two stolen bases.
"I'm getting happy, I guess," he said after Boston's 6-3 win over the Orioles on Friday night. "It's getting nearer." He said he hopes to start swinging a bat in three or four days, and do that for a week before playing in a game. He's already been throwing barehanded with his left hand, which had tape on the finger Friday. "I talked to Coco about it. The range of motion is much improved," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said before the game. The team is going to let Crisp have a lot of input into when he returns. "They said that they're going to trust how I feel," he said. Wily Mo Pena and Dustan Mohr will continue to share the duties in center field in Crisp's absence.
Chicago RedSox wrote:http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/r ... ps_return/
The article says Coco got really sick, and won't be able to start rehab as soon as everyone was hoping.
Look for late May now. If that happens he missed out on 1/4 of the season. Thank god for Youk
Coco Crisp (finger) will not go with the Red Sox to Baltimore for their road trip.
"He's coming along slowly," Crisp said. "He'll stay back and try to get his legs under him. It's going to take him a little while to get back on his feet." Crisp has not yet been cleared to swing a bat. May. 15 - 9:35 am et
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