Some good news is needed, in the midst of the Red Sox newest losing streak.
According to NESN, Carl Crawford has been taking BP since last week and has begun a throwing program that should put him on track to start a rehab stint in the minors very soon. He still has 1-2 weeks until he can start it, but his progression is encouraging. He hasn’t played since last year, and his addition to the team would be significant if he can produce numbers similar to his 2009-2010 numbers in Tampa Bay.
Jacoby Ellsbury is also on the track back. According to NESN, his shoulder is healing well and he is making progress in general. Another encouraging sign. He’s been hitting balls in the cages, but has yet to take BP in the field. So it seems as if he’s a bit behind Crawford rehab wise.
Cody Ross is expected to start his rehab stint this weekend for AAA Pawtucket. Ross says he feels great and says that he is completely ready to go, which is great news for the Red Sox to say the least. It’s not unreasonable to expect Ross back by the end of next week, and his addition would be a significant to the Red Sox.
Once the Red Sox get Crawford, Ellsbury, and Ross back, there will be a logjam of outfielders, which will force the Red Sox to make some tough decisions. We’ll have an outfield mix that includes Crawford, Ellsbury, Ross, Podsednik, Nava, Kalish, and Sweeney.
Podsednik is likely to cool down, but even then, that would leave the Red Sox with 6 legitimate outfielders. I think the most likely thing to happen is Kalish stays in AAA, the Red Sox go with an outfield of Crawford/Ellsbury/(Ross/Sweeney platoon), and have Nava on the bench.
But it’ll be tough to bench Nava, who’s been hitting so well and is much improved in the field. Then again, you can never have enough depth, and these logjams usually work themselves out.