Crawford, Ellsbury, and Ross on the way back


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.


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0 thoughts on “Crawford, Ellsbury, and Ross on the way back

    • Andrew Rodriguez

      Kalish is currently playing for the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA affiliate) and has been tearing the cover off the ball in the 6 games he has played there, hitting .500 with three home runs and two doubles. Seems like he’s doing pretty well.

    • Andrew Rodriguez

      Kalish is currently playing for the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA affiliate) and has been tearing the cover off the ball in the 6 games he has played there, hitting .500 with three home runs and two doubles. Seems like he’s doing pretty well.

  • Vince

    I wouldn’t be so sure about Podsednik being the odd man out just yet. The knock on him is he doesn’t have a RF arm. But the guy can hit and he can run. And it’s not like Ross was Ted Williams 2.0 before his injury anyway. I like his grit but he’s not won the right to get his job back right away after an injury, like Youkilis or Ellsbury.

    Crawford ( yeah, i know ) and Ellsbury are locks if they’re completely healthy. Then let Sweeney, Podz, Ross and Nava compete for a while for the two RF jobs ( cause i guess it will be a platoon ). We need some bats and whoever can help us at the plate should be considered. Nava being a switch hitter shouldn’t be overlooked, either.

    • Andrew Rodriguez

      Podsednik has been a pleasant surprise, to say the least. He has a career OPS+ of 89, and his BABIP this year is .444, which is far from repeatable because a normal BABIP is around .300-.340 for a player like Podsednik. While he has been excellent, there’s no reason to expect he’ll continue hitting like this, unfortunately.

      But you’re right, there’s no reason not to have them compete for their jobs. Though, I think Ross should get his job back immediately when he comes back, since he was one of our best hitters before getting injured (hitting at a .271/.349/.534, good for a .883 OPS) and that was over 133 at bats, compared to Podsednik’s 42.

      As I said in the article, these logjams always work themselves out. Having too much OF depth is far from a bad thing, and it’s not something to complain about haha.

  • Vince

    I wouldn’t be so sure about Podsednik being the odd man out just yet. The knock on him is he doesn’t have a RF arm. But the guy can hit and he can run. And it’s not like Ross was Ted Williams 2.0 before his injury anyway. I like his grit but he’s not won the right to get his job back right away after an injury, like Youkilis or Ellsbury.

    Crawford ( yeah, i know ) and Ellsbury are locks if they’re completely healthy. Then let Sweeney, Podz, Ross and Nava compete for a while for the two RF jobs ( cause i guess it will be a platoon ). We need some bats and whoever can help us at the plate should be considered. Nava being a switch hitter shouldn’t be overlooked, either.

    • Andrew Rodriguez

      Podsednik has been a pleasant surprise, to say the least. He has a career OPS+ of 89, and his BABIP this year is .444, which is far from repeatable because a normal BABIP is around .300-.340 for a player like Podsednik. While he has been excellent, there’s no reason to expect he’ll continue hitting like this, unfortunately.

      But you’re right, there’s no reason not to have them compete for their jobs. Though, I think Ross should get his job back immediately when he comes back, since he was one of our best hitters before getting injured (hitting at a .271/.349/.534, good for a .883 OPS) and that was over 133 at bats, compared to Podsednik’s 42.

      As I said in the article, these logjams always work themselves out. Having too much OF depth is far from a bad thing, and it’s not something to complain about haha.

  • Don Nelson

    Cant just throw Pods out after he is hitting over .400 and playing a terrific center field. Many of the others are unproven

    • Andrew Rodriguez

      You’re right, might as well ride the hot streak while it lasts. But I can guarantee you, his BABIP of .444 doesn’t have a chance of staying that way.

  • Don Nelson

    Cant just throw Pods out after he is hitting over .400 and playing a terrific center field. Many of the others are unproven

    • Andrew Rodriguez

      You’re right, might as well ride the hot streak while it lasts. But I can guarantee you, his BABIP of .444 doesn’t have a chance of staying that way.