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Crawford gets second straight day off

Crawford gets second straight day off

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TORONTO -- Rays outfielder Carl Crawford was once again absent from the starting lineup in Saturday's 17-11 loss to the Blue Jays.

This is the second time in as many days the 29-year-old has been out of the lineup, but according to manager Joe Maddon, he simply wanted to give Crawford an extra day off of the turf at Rogers Centre.

Maddon also added that Crawford's left shoulder, which caused the outfielder to miss a couple games in June, was a non-issue in his decision.

"There is nothing not healthy about him," Maddon said. "Just trying to perk up his body. The shoulder has nothing to do with it at all. It's nothing about the shoulder just [general] soreness. We're trying to revive his body a little bit."

With only 53 games remaining entering Saturday's contest, Maddon emphasized the importance of having all of his players healthy approaching the last leg of the season.

"With all of our guys my biggest concern is to have them all healthy, well [and] strong playing into October and the end of October," Maddon said. "We really try to keep that in mind, regardless of our age, and we can talk about Carl today, I know we're considered young but guys get sore. Guys get tired regardless of what's on your birth certificate.

"With all these guys, [I'm] really hoping we can get them to the point where they are all really strong by the end of September."

Crawford should return to the starting lineup on Sunday as the Rays wrap up their three-game series in Toronto.

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