Crawford makes strong throw; Ellsbury set for action

Crawford makes strong throw; Ellsbury set for action

SEATTLE -- Carl Crawford continued to gain momentum in his Minor League rehab assignment on Thursday, making a strong throw to the plate. For Crawford, who is coming off a sprained UCL in his left elbow, throwing is the key to his recovery.

The left fielder was playing in his third Gulf Coast League rehab game. He went 1-for-3 with a walk.

"He made a throw from the outfield all the way home," said manager Bobby Valentine. "We have the cutoff man set up for him, where he can throw it short. He didn't want to throw it short. He wanted to throw it long just to see how it felt. He said it felt fine."

Crawford will be joined by teammate Jacoby Ellsbury for Friday's Gulf Coast League game. Ellsbury is expected to serve as the designated hitter, marking his first game action of any kind since he suffered a partially dislocated right shoulder on April 13.

"He took batting practice down there today and full baseball activities and felt good," Valentine said. "Looks like he'll play tomorrow."

Other outfielders are on the mend as well. Scott Podsednik, on the DL with a left groin strain, will start his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

Ryan Sweeney, who has been on the DL since June 17 with left big toe inflammation, has started "land-based activities" according to Valentine.