8:15 p.m. EDT: The Red Sox confirmed that it was a strained left hamstring for Crawford.
Carl Crawford left Friday’s game against the Brewers in the first inning with an apparent left hamstring injury sustained while beating out an infield single.
Crawford managed to reach first base ahead of Casey McGehee’s throw after hitting a chopper to third, but he came up lame immediately afterwards and he reached down to the hamstring area. He limped off the field, accompained by Boston’s trainer, and was replaced by Darnell McDonald.
If the injury proves to be serious, the Red Sox will have lost two starters to the DL within 24 hours after shortstop Jed Lowrie was disabled earlier Friday. Josh Reddick would likely be called up to share time with Mike Cameron and McDonald in left field.
Crawford is hitting .243/.276/.384 in 263 at-bats in his first season with the Red Sox.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.
Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.
The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.