Carl Crawford Hopes to Return From Hamstring Injury Soon, But Knows Not to Push It Too Much

Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford is eligible to come off the disabled list during the trip to his hometown of Houston in July.

Obviously, he wants to return to the lineup as early as possible, but the site of those games gives him extra incentive to hit the deadline.

"Definitely wouldn't want to miss that series," Crawford said after Saturday night's loss to Milwaukee. "It'll be cutting it close, that's for sure."

That does not mean that Crawford, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a left hamstring strain, will push it too much. His legs are such a vital component of his game. He has to make sure he is right before getting the go-ahead.

"With the hamstring you don't want to mess around with that," he said. "You see guys try to come back too early and they mess it up and end up being out even longer. I just want to make sure that when I come back I stay there."

This is just the second DL stint of Crawford’s 10-year career. The other involved a hand issue.

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