Carl Crawford ran the bases today


The timetable for Carl Crawford’s return is still up in the air, but he continues to make progress in his rehab from a hamstring injury.

Crawford was able to run the bases this afternoon for the first time since being placed on the disabled list last month, according to Joe McDonald of More specifically, he ran from first base to second and from first to third. He was also able to take batting practice.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona hasn’t dismissed the possibility that Crawford could be back before the All-Star break, but said that he won’t rush him back just to play one game.

“If he’s ready on Sunday, we would probably wait,” Francona said. “If he’s ready before that, (general manager) Theo (Epstein) and I need to sit down and talk to Carl, which we will do. If you’re going to play one game when you’re supposed to have another four days (off) you’ll take the four days.”

Crawford is hitting .243/.275/.384 with six homers, 31 RBI, eight stolen bases and a .659 OPS over his first 277 plate appearances this season.

Chris Sale exits game with hip contusion

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made a hasty exit from his final Grapefruit League outing on Saturday after sustaining a left hip contusion. He was struck on the leg with a line drive from the Astros’ J.D. Davis in the first inning and immediately collapsed on the mound. He was able to walk off the field without a noticeable limp, however, and later told reporters that the ball struck a nerve and temporarily stunned his leg. As a precautionary move, the Red Sox pulled him after the incident and will have the left-hander undergo X-rays to rule out any further injury to his hip.

This was expected to be Sale’s last start of spring training. Prior to Saturday’s matinee against the Astros, the 28-year-old southpaw made three starts in camp, allowing five runs, one home run, three walks and striking out 18 batters in 14 innings. He’s still on track to start the season for the Red Sox during their road opener against the Rays next Thursday.