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Crawford heads to Portland; Ellsbury could follow

Crawford heads to Portland; Ellsbury could follow

Crawford heads to Portland; Ellsbury could follow
OAKLAND -- After an examination in Boston with the team's medical staff, Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford was given the go-ahead to take his Minor League rehab assignment to Double-A Portland, beginning on Tuesday.

Crawford hasn't played yet for the Red Sox this season, thanks to left wrist and elbow woes. He went 3-for-14 with five walks in five Gulf Coast League games in Fort Myers, Fla.

Jacoby Ellsbury played his third game in the Gulf Coast on Monday and drilled a home run, as well as walking and grounding out. Ellsbury played six innings in center field.

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He will serve as the designated hitter on Tuesday in Florida and could join Crawford at Double-A as early as Wednesday.

Outfielder Ryan Sweeney is also making nice progress with his inflamed big left toe. Sweeney could go on a rehab assignment by the time the Red Sox return home from this road trip. Scott Podsednik, who is recovering from a left groin strain, went 1-for-4 and scored a run at Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday. Podsednik could be activated by the start of the series against the Yankees on Friday night.

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