"I'd like to," Crawford said, "so it's not bugging me for the whole season."
Center fielder Angel Pagan also rested, due to what Bochy called "a little knee soreness." Pagan grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning Thursday, while Crawford hit a fly ball to record the final out of a 2-1 loss.
Bochy expressed confidence that Pagan, the switch-hitter who ranked fifth in the National League with a .383 batting average, will return to the starting lineup for Friday's series opener at San Diego.
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