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Crawford: I'm Ready For ALDS

Rays' outfielder Carl Crawford has declared himself ready to play in the ALDS later this week.

Tampa Bay will play either Minnesota or Chicago depending on who wins the tiebreaker game on Tuesday afternoon.

"I think I did enough today [Monday]," Crawford said. "I mean, I didn't get hits, but I showed that the bat speed is fine, and today, I'll probably do the same thing. So if it's a tough decision after that, then I don't really know what to say. I'm trying to make it as easy as possible for them."

Crawford underwent surgery Aug. 14 for a partial dislocation of his right middle finger tendon.

"I think that's the one good thing that's happened out of this whole thing," Crawford said. "I got a chance to rest my legs. I felt good running today. Hopefully, I'll be able to run in the playoffs."

Via The Tampa Tribune

Baldelli Refutes Muscular Dystrophy Report

Rays outfielder Rocco Baldelli has refuted an internet report that he has muscular dystrophy.

"I don't have muscular dystrophy," Baldelli said. "I have mitochondrial myopathy."

Baldelli believes the confusion stemmed from the fact that he made a public service announcement on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association earlier this week.


Angels Will Host Red Sox In ALDS

The American League playoff picture began to take shape on Friday night as the Angels secured the best record in the league.

That means they will host the Red Sox in the ALDS beginning on Wednesday, with Game 2 coming on Friday.

The second ALDS, which will start on Thursday, will feature the Rays against either the Twins or White Sox.

Via MLB.com

Rays Activate Crawford, Postseason A Possibility?

The Rays activated outfielder Carl Crawford from the disabled list on Friday, igniting hope that he could make the team's postseason roster.

Crawford had been on the disabled list since Aug. 10, recuperating from surgery to repair the subluxation of his right middle finger tendon.

Via MLB.com

Rays' Crawford Unlikely For ALDS

Rays' outfielder Carl Crawford is unlikely to return in time for the ALDS as he enters the sixth week of his eight-week rehabilitation period, according to Tampa Tribune.

"Right now the doctor's still saying eight weeks is when he wants me to do stuff, so we have to convince him," Crawford said. "Right now, it's looking pretty tough to convince him."

Crawford said earlier in the week that he hoped to contribute as a defensive specialist or pinch runner. He took swings off a tee again Wednesday and had hoped to move on to regular batting practice this weekend in Detroit.

"If I'm not taking BP this week, the first round is looking a little iffy right now," Crawford said. "That's what I was really worried about, and that's what I'm more disappointed about."

Via Tampa Tribune

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