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Crawford out at least this week



All-Star LF Carl Crawford said he won't play again until Friday at the earliest, and stil isn't sure if he will be able to return this season due to a strained left groin.

"I'll see how it feels after (Thursday's) off day and go from there,'' Crawford said. "I'm still not sure yet. Right now it's uncomfortable for me to walk. I don't know what's going to happen or how I'm going to come back. We'll have to wait and see.''

Crawford has been icing the leg and receiving electric stim treatment and won't do much exercise outside of possibly riding an exercise bike. "I'm pretty sure I'll play at some point again this year. I hope I would. But as or right now it don't feel good at all,'' he said.

It would seem the Rays would need to call up another outfielder, perhaps Jason Pridie or Justin Ruggiano.

LHPs Jeff Ridgway and J.P. Howell joined the team and were happy to be in the clubhouse.

Meanwhile, manager Joe Maddon is going back to Josh Wilson at shortstop despite an impressive showing by Jorge Velandia.

The lineup:

Iwamura, 3b
Norton, dh
Pena, 1b
Upton, cf
Young, rf
Harris, 2b
Gomes, lf
Navarro, c
Wilson, ss

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:32am]


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