Carl Crawford to begin rehab games Friday, return Monday

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Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford is right on track in his recovery from a badly strained left hamstring.

According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Crawford is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday evening with Triple-A Pawtucket. If all goes well, he will only be required to play in two rehab games before returning to the Red Sox starting lineup Monday in Baltimore.

Crawford, 29, was batting .243/.275/.384 with six home runs, eight stolen bases and 31 RBI in 277 plate appearances before straining his hamstring in mid-June. He signed a seven-year, $142 million free agent contract with the Red Sox this past December.

Odúbel Herrera dealing with strained left hamstring

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Phillies center fielder Odúbel Herrera is dealing with a slight strain of his left hamstring, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Herrera apparently had been dealing with some discomfort in that area starting a couple weeks ago and underwent an MRI.

Herrera, 27, is coming off a 2018 season in which he took a step back. He hit slightly below the league average at .255/.310/.420 with 22 home runs and 71 RBI in 597 plate appearances. He is entering the third year of his five-year, $30.5 million contract signed back in December 2016.

Herrera is slated to be the club’s starting center fielder once again. In the event his hamstring issue lingers, Roman Quinn would slide into the starting role. One wonders, though, if a less-than-100-percent Herrera might further entice the Phillies to go after free agent outfielder Bryce Harper.