Crawford could be 'close' to game action

Crawford could be 'close' to game action

CHICAGO -- Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford's comeback appears to be picking up steam.

Crawford played catch at 110 feet before Saturday's game.

"He threw the ball really well," manager Bobby Valentine said. "He's going to take batting practice in a little while. Yesterday he hit it really well. I've got to think he's getting pretty close to playing in a baseball game."

No date has been mapped out for Crawford's Minor League rehab assignment. He hasn't played a game for the Red Sox this season.

Crawford was initially coming back from left wrist surgery, but he then suffered a strained UCL in his left elbow.

Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is currently training in Fort Myers, Fla., and could also be relatively close to a Minor League rehab assignment.

Ellsbury has been out since April 13, when he suffered a subluxation (dislocation) of his right shoulder.