Ex-Rays star Crawford makes rare trip to DL

BOSTON — The Red Sox placed former Rays All-Star LF Carl Crawford on the 15-day disabled list before Saturday's game against the Brewers.

Crawford, Boston's top free-agent acquisition during the offseason, strained his left hamstring beating out an infield hit in a 10-4 win over Milwaukee on Friday night.

"The medical people thought at least 10, 14 days (that he'd be out)," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "I talked to (Carl) (Saturday) morning. He gets it."

Crawford is on the DL for only the second time in his career. In 2008, he missed most of August and September with a subluxation of a tendon in the middle finger of his right hand.

Crawford spent nine seasons with Tampa Bay and made the All-Star team four times. This offseason, he signed a $142 million, seven-year deal with the Red Sox, who finished behind the Rays in the AL East two of the past three seasons.

After a slow start, he became a big contributor during Boston's current hot stretch. The Red Sox had won 12 of 13 entering Saturday night's game.

Crawford is batting .243 with a .275 on-base percentage, a .384 slugging percentage and eight stolen bases. He batted .155 with a homer in April but has batted .295 with five homers since.

Boston recalled OF Josh Reddick from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Crawford's place on the roster. He hit .230 but with a .333 on-base percentage and a .508 slugging percentage in 52 games for Pawtucket.

Darnell McDonald was scheduled to start Saturday. Reddick and veteran Mike Cameron are also expected to get some time in left.

SCARE FOR CARTER: Hall of Fame C Gary Carter, who is being treated for Stage 4 brain cancer, was hospitalized Thursday night with bronchitis. Carter was rushed to the emergency room with what was feared to be blood clotting or pneumonia, but tests showed a less serious condition, and he returned home Friday morning, his daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote on a private family website Friday.

ASTROS: Closer Brandon Lyon is expected to need season-ending surgery to repair a biceps tendon that is out of its groove, the Houston Chronicle reported. … RF Hunter Pence was scheduled for an MRI exam on a hyperextended left elbow.

BRAVES: OF Wilkin Ramirez was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. RHP Randall Delgado, called up to fill in for injured RHP Tommy Hanson, was optioned to Double-A Mississippi.

BREWERS: The contract of RHP Mark DiFelice was selected from Triple-A Nashville after LHP Daniel Herrera was designated for assignment.

CARDINALS: 3B David Freese, out since May 1 with a fractured left hand, is set to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Tuesday at Triple-A Memphis.

INDIANS: 1B Matt LaPorta went on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle. OF Travis Buck was recalled from Triple-A Columbus.

MARLINS: OF Mike Stanton was scratched from the starting lineup in the game against the Rays because of an eye infection. Stanton, who had been scheduled to be the DH, was replaced by Jose Lopez.

ORIOLES: LHP Brian Matusz left his start in the sixth inning with left hamstring cramps and is day to day. … RH reliever Jeremy Accardo, who has a 5.29 ERA in 25 appearances, was designating for assignment. INF Ryan Adams was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, RHP Brad Bergesen was recalled from Norfolk and the contract of INF Blake Davis was purchased.

YANKEES: RHP Phil Hughes, out since April 15 with right shoulder inflammation, is set to begin a rehab assignment today at Class A Staten Island. … First-round pick Dante Bichette Jr., a Maitland high school outfielder, agreed to a contract and was assigned to the Gulf Coast League team in Tampa.

Ex-Rays star Crawford makes rare trip to DL 06/18/11 [Last modified: Saturday, June 18, 2011 10:19pm]

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