Crawford taking it easy with mild shoulder soreness

Shortstop serves as DH, expects to play in the field next week

Crawford taking it easy with mild shoulder soreness

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is enduring mild soreness in his right (throwing) shoulder but said Wednesday he expects to resume playing defensively next week.

Crawford, who didn't appear in Tuesday's exhibition opener against the A's, occupied the designated hitter role Wednesday vs. Oakland. He has been taking ground balls and said he might be able to rejoin infield practice, which would require him to throw forcefully, by Friday.

Crawford's ailing arm amplified manager Bruce Bochy's stated hopes of trying to find more days off this season for the fifth-year veteran, who played 143 games in 2012, 149 games in 2013 and 153 games last year. Crawford observed Wednesday that Bochy tried to rest Crawford more frequently last season but couldn't determine the best time to give him a break. As Crawford said, "We were trying to make the playoffs."

Crawford's grand slam at Pittsburgh in the Wild Card Game helped launch San Francisco's postseason march.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.