Crisp looks sharp in rehab game

Crisp looks sharp in rehab game

PAWTUCKET -- Maybe Red Sox center fielder Coco Crisp wasn't bored to tears during his two-day workout with the Red Sox during his extended Spring Training outing in Fort Myers, Fla., but it was close.

Crisp played in a rehab game on Saturday night for the Pawtucket Red Sox and was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, plus a walk in four plate appearances. He batted leadoff and easily handled two routine fly balls in center field.

"It's good to get a competitive game that counts underneath your belt, and I was glad to come in and be able to do that," Crisp said after Pawtucket blanked the Norfolk Tides, 4-0. "I feel confident. I feel good. [Jason Scobie] used his full arsenal of pitches and threw them at me. I saw the ball well today, which is good. Actually, I saw the ball well the last few days.

"I'm excited to be this close. It's kind of boring to be out this long and just sit there."

Crisp has been on Boston's disabled list since April 9 with a non-displaced fracture at the base of his left index finger.

He came to bat in the third inning with runners on second and third and no out and lined a two-run single to center field off Scobie.

Crisp, a switch-hitter who batted left the entire game, lined out to left field in the first inning. He grounded to shortstop in the fifth and hustled down the line only to be thrown out by a step by Chris Basak. Crisp didn't have a chance to take the bat off his shoulder in the seventh inning, because Scobie walked him on four pitches.

Crisp indicated he would talk with Boston after Saturday night's Red Sox game and learn whether he would play another rehab game with Pawtucket on Sunday night or join the big-league team for a Sunday workout prior to being activated on Monday.

"It's all on them," he said. "I'll tell them [that] I feel good. And if they want me to come back, I'll come back and play another game. If they want me to go there, I'll do that. It can go either way."

For a moment, Crisp didn't look confident during his second at-bat when he flailed and missed at a changeup in the dirt. But he made up for that faux pas.

"[The single] came on another changeup," Crisp said of his hit. "It was kind of down the middle. He probably wanted to leave it lower. I stayed back on it and hit it up the middle."

Crisp took batting practice at Fenway Park on Monday and Tuesday and then played center field for Boston's extended Spring Training club in Fort Myers, Fla., on Thursday and Friday afternoon. He was a combined 2-for-11 with a walk, a stolen base and one home run.

"Playing in Florida was actually closer to being like a game situation than I thought it would be," he said. "When I came out here, I was able to feel the similarities of playing with the guys down there and playing here, even though it's a different level.

"It felt good to get out there and compete with these guys. But I think you can know you're ready before you play in a game like this. I felt like I was ready before this game."

Manager Ron Johnson gave every indication that Crisp would have little left to accomplish by playing another rehab game with Pawtucket.

Mike Scandura is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.