March 2, 2012
MLB notes: Boston's Crawford suffers setback
By QMI Agency
A setback in his recovery from his surgically repaired left wrist will sideline Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford for several days.
Crawford, 31, has inflammation in the wrist, about six weeks after surgery.
It is doubtful that the outfielder will be ready for the season opener, manager Bobby Valentine said.
"He probably overdid it a little bit," Valentine told ESPNBoston.com.
Crawford hit a career-worst .255 for Boston in 2011, his first season with the Sox.
LONG LAYOFF FOR BURNETT
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett is facing up to 12 weeks of rehab after surgery Friday on his fractured right orbital bone.
Burnett, who was acquired from the Yankees last month in a trade for minor-leaguers Diego Moreno and Exciardo Cayones, was injured Wednesday in a bunting drill when he fouled a pitch into his right eye.
The 35-year-old hasn't pitched in the National League since 2005, so he isn't accustomed to batting. During the past six seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees, Burnett made 20 plate appearances in interleague games.
Burnett was expected to join incumbents Jeff Karstens, James McDonald, Kevin Correia and Charlie Morton in the starting rotation. Others in the mix include Brad Lincoln and free-agent signee Erik Bedard.
The Pirates are scheduled to open their exhibition schedule Saturday against the Blue Jays at Dunedin, Fla.
Evan Longoria didn't suffer any broken bones when hit on the right hand by a pitch Thursday during a Tampa Bay Rays intrasquad game, X-rays showed. The third baseman said he hoped to return to action Monday if the swelling goes down ... Brien Taylor, a top pitching prospect of the New York Yankees during the 1990s, was arrested in North Carolina on charges of cocaine trafficking, The Jacksonville Daily News reported ... Mariners catcher Jesus Montero was hit on the mask by a foul tip in the bottom of the fifth inning and was taken out of Seattle's first exhibition game of the spring. Montero was acquired from the Yankees in the off-season for pitcher Michael Pineda. No update on his status was immediately available.