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Carl Crawford: at home, being paid not to play

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Carl Crawford, as you know, is out of baseball. He has been since mid-2016, in fact, even though he’s still being paid pursuant to the contract he signed with the Red Sox prior to the 2011 season. That deal is in its last year and is paying him $21.9 million this season.

Scott Miller of Bleacher Report caught up with Crawford at his home near Houston recently. He seems to be at peace with his career being over. He owns a barbecue restaurant and his back yard is a playground of trampolines and four-wheelers and stuff. It’s not a bad life.

Crawford talks openly — more openly than you tend to hear guys who are out of the game — about his physical breakdown after he left the Rays for Boston. He also talks about his unhappiness with Boston and acknowledges that all of the barbs he threw back that way after being traded to Los Angeles were ultimately negative things that he has moved past. He likewise talks about the dilemma he has this postseason: cheering for his most recent teammates with the Dodgers or cheering for his longtime manager and baseball mentor, Joe Maddon.

Phillies pause Jerad Eickhoff’s rehab

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Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff hasn’t pitched in the majors yet this season as he suffered a lat injury in mid-March and has been on the disabled list since. He started a rehab stint in the minors last week, making a start for Double-A Reading on May 15 and another start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday.

Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports that Eickhoff went a twinge in the fingertips of his right index and middle fingers late in Sunday’s outing after throwing a curve and on the subsequent pitch. The Phillies have paused Eickhoff’s rehab as a result and will evaluate him further.

Eickhoff went on the disabled list in late August last year due to nerve irritation in his right hand, so this latest setback could be related to that.

Eickhoff showed promise early in his career, posting a combined 3.44 ERA in 41 starts between 2015-16. He struggled to a 4.71 ERA last year before ending his season early with the nerve issue. Eickhoff was one of the many prospects the Phillies got from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade.