BOSTON, MA - Carl Crawford #13 of the Boston Red Sox knocks in two runs in the 4th against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Carl Crawford had, if you squint, a bit of a rough season last year. He signed a big contract, was in the spotlight, and was mostly terrible. On the last day of the season, Crawford couldn't catch a ball that might have kept the Red Sox alive in the playoff hunt. It wasn't the best Red Sox debut in franchise history. Now he has some injury problems to contend with.
Crawford scoped for cartilage on left wrist; cherington expects return early in season
Maybe that's a bad thing (he had a down year, and now he's injured?), or maybe it's a good thing (a-ha! It was the wrist in the conservatory with a lead BABIP!). But it's certainly a thing that the Red Sox will have to deal with in the early part of next spring, and possibly into the start of the regular season.