The last time Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford played together was one very unfortunate night in September, 2011. Since then, Crawford has undergone surgery and a rather lengthy rehab process, while Ellsbury played all of seven games before having his shoulder busted by Reid Brignac.
As if Sox fans needed any more reason to hate the Rays.
Now, for the first time since the end of last season, Crawford and Ellsbury are both playing baseball--if not in the same outfield--down in the GCL.
Crawford has been down in Florida since the 23rd, with his rehab delayed by weather rather than fragility for a change, with two hits and three walks in his first three games. Today, Ellsbury joined him in starting his own rehab stint, playing as the designated hitter and picking up a double and a walk in five trips to the plate while Crawford added two walks of his own. For what it's worth, the GCL Red Sox knocked off the GCL Twins 5-2.
Given the rapidly approaching All-Star break, and the fact that they're still just in the GCL, chances are neither player will be back until the second half. When that time comes, however, it'll make for a crowded outfield. While Ryan Kalish is struggling at the plate, the organization is going to have a tough time squeezing both players in with the hot bats of Cody Ross and Daniel Nava.
For now, though, it's just good to see some of the starters getting back. As bad as Crawford was last year, there's always hope he'll rebound to his old levels, and nobody needs to be reminded of what Jacoby Ellsbury did at the plate in 2011.