Carl Crawford placed on disabled list with strained left hamstring

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The Red Sox have been firing on all cylinders of late, but they’ll have to live without their $142 million left fielder for at least the next 15 days.

Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Carl Crawford was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Crawford suffered the injury in the first inning of last night’s game against the Brewers while beating out an infield single.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona called the decision a “no-brainer” after the team’s medical staff determined that Crawford would need to miss 10-14 days with a Grade 1 strain. Josh Reddick has been called up in a corresponding roster move and will likely share playing time in left field with Darnell McDonald, Mike Cameron and Drew Sutton during Crawford’s absence.

Crawford is batting .243/.275/.384 with six homers, 31 RBI and eight stolen bases over his first 277 plate appearances this season. While his overall numbers are underwhelming, he is batting .295 with a .794 OPS since the start of May.

Yankees to hire Josh Bard as their new bench coach

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Aaron Boone has no experience as a coach or a manager at any level. As such, some have speculated that he’d hire a more seasoned hand as his bench coach as he begins his first season as Yankees manager. Someone like, say, Eric Wedge, who was a candidate for the job Boone got and who once managed Boone in Cleveland.

Nope. According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, he’s going with Josh Bard.

Bard, 39, was a teammate of Boone’s with the Indians in 2005. He’s not without coaching experience, having spent the last two seasons as the Dodgers’ bullpen coach, but he’s not that Gene Lamont/Don Zimmer-type we often see in the bench coach role.

Which is fine because different managers want different things from their bench coach. Some are strategy guys, helping with in-game decision making. Others are relationship guys who help managers understand all of the dynamics of the clubhouse while they’re worrying more about lineups and stuff. Others are trust guys, who can serve as the manager’s sounding board, among other things. Some are combinations of all of these things. As Feinsand notes in his story, Boone said at his introductory press conference that he’s looking for this:

“I want smart sitting next to me. I want confidence sitting next to me. I want a guy who can walk out into that room and as I talk about relationships I expect to have with my players, I expect that even to be more so with my coaching staff. Whether that is a guy with all kinds of experience or little experience. I am not concerned about that.”