Taking Time With Crouse

In the seventh inning of an August 5th contest against South Bend in Lansing, Lugnuts Outfielder Michael Crouse doubled to centerfield and pulled up lame as he thought about going for third base. He was unable to put weight on his leg initially, but was able to walk off the field. He was diagnosed with a mild quad strain.

"We're just taking it day to day, he's working really hard with his stretching," Lansing manager Mike Redmond said. "We're taking it slow, I can't give you a time frame because I have no idea myself."

The Lugnuts will err on the side of caution in handling Crouse's injury as the club has already clinched a playoff spot this season.

"We're not going to rush him, it's really up to him and his body," Redmond said. "Obviously knowing him as a player, he wants to be out there right now, but we have to be smart and make sure he's 110 percent before he gets back out there on the field."

Crouse is one of three All-Star outfielders on the Lugnuts and although the team has some depth also with Markus Brisker, Crouse is a big part of the team as he has 44 extra-base hits and 37 stolen bases on the season.

"Hopefully we'll get him back for the last week of the season and then have him for the playoffs," Redmond said. "That's my hope at least."

In the context of injuries, Crouse might even be considered a bit lucky.

"It could've been way worse, I could've torn it, but it's just a mild strain," he said. "I'm rehabbing it right now and trying to get back on the field."

"Anytime it might be a hamstring, because he's a big strong guy, which helped too, obviously it could've been a lot worse," Redmond said. "You know we're just going to have to play it by ear and see how it goes. We're hopeful that we'll have him back for the playoffs."

"Especially with the playoffs coming up, I don't want to go out there and rush it because we don't want it to happen again," Crouse said. "I'm gonna take my time and hopefully still get out there before the end of the season and be ready for the playoffs."

In the ten games prior to the injury Crouse had nine hits, five doubles, eleven runs scored, and a .364 OBP. "Approach at the plate was coming along good," he said. "I was staying more patient and finding pitches that you want to hit."

"It's a shame that down here to the last month, you know you put all these months together and try to learn more but the last month is where you want to put everything together," Crouse said. "It's unfortunate, but I've learned a lot these last few months. Hopefully, I'll get back and keep working on it."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"We're just taking it day to day, he's working really hard with his stretching,\" Lansing manager Mike Redmond said. \"We're taking it slow, I can't give you a time frame because I have no idea myself.\"
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\r\nThe Lugnuts will err on the side of caution in handling Crouse's injury as the club has already clinched a playoff spot this season.
\r\n
\r\n\"We're not going to rush him, it's really up to him and his body,\" Redmond said. \"Obviously knowing him as a player, he wants to be out there right now, but we have to be smart and make sure he's 110 percent before he gets back out there on the field.\"
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\r\nCrouse is one of three All-Star outfielders on the Lugnuts and although the team has some depth also with Markus Brisker, Crouse is a big part of the team as he has 44 extra-base hits and 37 stolen bases on the season.
\r\n
\r\n\"Hopefully we'll get him back for the last week of the season and then have him for the playoffs,\" Redmond said. \"That's my hope at least.\"
\r\n
\r\nIn the context of injuries, Crouse might even be considered a bit lucky.
\r\n
\r\n\"It could've been way worse, I could've torn it, but it's just a mild strain,\" he said. \"I'm rehabbing it right now and trying to get back on the field.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"Anytime it might be a hamstring, because he's a big strong guy, which helped too, obviously it could've been a lot worse,\" Redmond said. \"You know we're just going to have to play it by ear and see how it goes. We're hopeful that we'll have him back for the playoffs.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"Especially with the playoffs coming up, I don't want to go out there and rush it because we don't want it to happen again,\" Crouse said. \"I'm gonna take my time and hopefully still get out there before the end of the season and be ready for the playoffs.\"
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\r\nIn the ten games prior to the injury Crouse had nine hits, five doubles, eleven runs scored, and a .364 OBP. \"Approach at the plate was coming along good,\" he said. \"I was staying more patient and finding pitches that you want to hit.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"It's a shame that down here to the last month, you know you put all these months together and try to learn more but the last month is where you want to put everything together,\" Crouse said. \"It's unfortunate, but I've learned a lot these last few months. Hopefully, I'll get back and keep working on it.\"
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