Red Sox star gets some bad injury news


Red Sox star gets some bad injury news

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Carl Crawford has a sprained ligament in his throwing elbow and the Boston Red Sox left fielder will remain sidelined for a while. The team released a statement Thursday night saying Crawford's diagnosis was made by the Red Sox medical staff and confirmed by Dr. James Andrews. Crawford received a Platelet Rich Plasma injection and will be shut down from baseball activity "during the initial phase of his treatment." The club did not announce a timetable for Crawford's return, but he is expected to miss at least another month or two -- maybe more. "It is what it is what it is," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "We'll just let Mother Nature to take the time to heal him up and get him back. I don't know how to explain it or put it into my thought. I wish he was 100 percent. Not playing for a while is going to kill him more than it's killing me." The Red Sox were already short-handed in the outfield because of an injury to All-Star center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who finished second in the voting for AL MVP last season. Ellsbury is expected to be out until June because of a right shoulder injury sustained against Tampa Bay on April 13. Boston acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd from the Chicago Cubs on Saturday to help fill the void. Byrd hit just .070 (3 for 43) with Chicago, but collected his fifth hit in four games for the Red Sox on Thursday night in a 10-3 victory against the White Sox. Crawford was largely viewed as a disappointment last year when he hit .255 with 11 homers, 56 RBIs and 18 stolen bases in his first season with Boston after signing a 142 million, seven-year contract as a free agent. He is yet to play in the big leagues this season. Over the previous eight seasons, the 30-year-old Crawford hit above .300 five times for Tampa Bay, leading the American League in stolen bases four times. In his last season before coming to Boston, he batted .307 with a career-high 19 homers, drove in 90 runs and stole 47 bases. Crawford also was shut down during spring training after experiencing inflammation that stemmed from offseason surgery on his left wrist. He remained at the team's training complex in Florida after the club broke camp and participated in extended spring training games. When the soreness in his left elbow lingered, Crawford traveled to Birmingham, Ala., to be examined by Andrews, a noted specialist in elbow injuries. Crawford was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament. Lars Anderson, normally a first baseman, started in left field for Boston against the White Sox on Thursday night. Anderson played 571 of his 578 minor league games and his first 25 big league games at first base.

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Morning tip: Under Scott Brooks, Wizards roster is much younger than a year ago

Morning tip: Under Scott Brooks, Wizards roster is much younger than a year ago

The decision on the final 15-man roster for the Wizards represents yet another significant shift under coach Scott Brooks.

After the preseason finale Friday, he kept rookie free agents Daniel Ochefu, Sheldon McClellan and Danuel House as the team prepares for the Oct. 27 regular-season opener at the Atlanta Hawks.

Brooks has re-focused the Wizards on defense, revamped the offense and has cut down on practice time to keep his players fresh.

The latter is a major about-face of the Wizards’ philosophy under then-coach Randy Wittman, who ran longer and more frequent practices. The Wizards had the previous two days off before the 119-82 rout of the Toronto Raptors. They’re practicing Saturday and will be off Sunday.

"It's great," point guard John Wall, who had surgeries to clean up both knees on May 5, of having more recovery time. "Coach understands us as players, (we) come in with the mind-set of whatever we got to do, get it done. A lot more focused than we've (been) in the past. It's a new beginning for all of us."

By simply taking a look at the 15-man rosters to start the season in 2015-16 and 2016-17, the direction that Brooks is heading with personnel also is vastly different.

Last season, the Wizards began with seven players 30 and over (Nene, Jared Dudley, Kris Humphries, Marcin Gortat, Gary Neal, Alan Anderson and Drew Gooden). They had two who were 29 (Garrett Temple and Ramon Sessions). Only five players were 27 or younger.

Now, the roster has Gortat at 32, Jason Smith at 30 and Ian Mahinmi will be 30 next month. Marcus Thornton is 29.  The other 11 on the roster are 27 or younger.

Wittman, who said on multiple occasions that he had input on makeup of his rosters, preferred more experienced players and had the freedom to use those pieces how he saw fit. Heavy practice time for an older roster might've backfired during a 41-41 season when there was an injury rash.

Brooks has gone with energy and potential upside. Even though this roster is younger, he was brought in by president Ernie Grunfeld, in part, to do a better job with development which is why sticking with Ochefu (22), McClellan (23) and House (23) follows the blueprint.

The defensive intensity of McClellan and House when they were on the floor together was noticeable. Ochefu earned more time when Mahinmi went down with a knee injury.

Brooks can’t play all 15 and someone has to be on the inactive list when the regular season begins, but House, McClellan and Ochefu will have opportunties that might not have been there previously. 

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Preview: Will Ravens or Jets snap losing streak this weekend?

Preview: Will Ravens or Jets snap losing streak this weekend?

What: Ravens (3-3) at Jets (1-5)

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N. J.



OUT – LB Elvis Dumervil (foot), LB C. J. Mosley (thigh).

DOUBTFUL – S Kendrick Lewis (thigh), WR Steve Smith Sr. (ankle), LB Terrell Suggs (biceps), CB Shareece Wright (thigh), G Marshal Yanda (shoulder).

QUESTIONABLE – WR Kamar Aiken (thigh), QB Joe Flacco (shoulder), RS Devin Hester (thigh), CB Jerraud Powers (thigh), CB Jimmy Smith (concussion), LT Ronnie Stanley (foot).


OUT – TE Braeden Bowman (knee), LB Darron Lee (ankle), OL Brent Qvale (neck), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle).

QUESTIONABLE – OL Ryan Clady (shoulder), OL Nick Mangold (knee), DL Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle).

Five questions you should ask:

1. Can you expect either of these struggling teams to play well?

The Ravens have lost three straight. The Jets have lost four straight. But while the Jets appear headed for another bleak season, the Ravens could actually end Sunday tied for first place in the AFC North, if they win, and if the Steelers (4-2), minus Ben Roethlisberger, lose to the Patriots. 

2. Will quarterback Geno Smith spark the Jets?

Benching Ryan Fitzpatrick for Smith looks like a panic move by the Jets. But if you’re the Jets, it’s time to panic. Over their last four games, they have averaged just nine points per game, and Fitzpatrick had an NFL-leading 11 interceptions in his first six games. And you thought the Ravens had offensive issues.

3. How will Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco play?

Flacco’s injured throwing shoulder kept him out of practice until Friday. Those who know Flacco best expect him to play. But when he needs extra zip on the ball, will he have it? Will the sore shoulder affect his accuracy? Even before injuring his shoulder, Flacco hadn’t been consistent throwing the football this season. Flacco needs to avoid mistakes that make it easier for the offensively-challenged Jets to score points.

4. Will Jets WR Brandon Marshall dominate the Ravens’ secondary?

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. took over the game in Week 6 against the Ravens, once Jimmy Smith left the game with his concussion. If Jimmy Smith plays, he may not be 100 percent, and with Shareece Wright and Jerraud Powers also battling injuries, Marshall (27 catches, 433 yards) could have a big game.

5. Will the Ravens’ offense look better in Marty Mornhinweg’s second week as coordinator?

The Ravens moved the ball well early against the Giants, but still struggled in the red zone and in short yardage. Mornhinweg was the Jets’ offensive coordinator not long ago (2013-14) so he knows their personnel well. If the Ravens score more than 20 points, they probably win, because the Jets seldom do.


Jets 19, Ravens 17

Even with Flacco playing, the other injuries will hurt the Ravens. They have never lost four straight under John Harbaugh, but be prepared for that to happen. The Ravens need the bye in Week 8 to get healthy, and to get right.

MORE RAVENS: Flacco questionable for Jets game