BALTIMORE -- The pain from Carl Crawford's testicular contusion, sustained Tuesday night when he was struck flush in the groin by a Jake Arrieta pickoff throw, hadn't subsided enough to let the Rays' left fielder return to the lineup for Wednesday's finale of a three-game series at Camden Yards.
However, when he does return, and manager Joe Maddon hopes it will be Friday when the Rays open a weekend set at Cleveland, Crawford is adamant he won't be wearing a protective cup. Crawford doesn't see the need, even if it's just to protect the current injury while it heals.
"I'm just not going to wear a cup," he said Wednesday morning. "I don't think that's going to happen again. It had never happened in eight years, you know what I'm saying? I've got nothing to worry about. [I'm not going to] let that one little incident change the way I do things, especially if I'm feeling better. Just be real careful when I'm out there."
Maddon said the decision is Crawford's, though the manager can't understand how any player wouldn't opt for the protection a cup affords in an extremely sensitive area.
"It's up to the individual," Maddon said. "I'm not going to tell them they have to wear a cup, but I can't see how you cannot. ... Most people do not."
Maddon, however, thinks they should.
"I've always been amazed that everybody doesn't," Maddon added. "When I coached third base, I used to wear a cup -- as a third-base coach. ... As a catcher, you always wear a cup."
Crawford said it's been years since he tried the accessory, which he ditched because it restricted his ability to move freely.
"I tried to wear it a long time ago," Crawford said. "I run so it pinches me when I run. ... I make diving catches and something happens worse from wearing a cup. Like I said, that one incident ain't going to make me change the way I do things. If it happens again, it just happens again."