BOSTON Carl Crawford was in the Red Sox starting lineup, batting second and playing left field, Tuesday against righthander Justin Verlander and the Tigers.
Crawford sat out the game Saturday against the Yankees in New York when it was announced that he was on a four-day schedule as a preventive measure to protect his left elbow. Although, at that time, the Sox had had a scheduled off-day Thursday. He also had a day off on July 22.
Before the game Tuesday, general manager Ben Cherington said that plan was again being modified for Crawford, who has said he will need surgery on his elbow at some point. Crawford was out until July 16, missing 89 games after wrist surgery in mid-January and a subsequent elbow ailment.
Cherington said Crawfords days off will be on more of an as-needed basis.
When that was going on in New York this weekend I had a chance to talk to manager Bobby Valentine and Carl and the medical staff," Cherington said. The facts are that Carls coming off an elbow injury and coming off a rehab and was working really hard to get back so he could be activated as soon as possible.
Perhaps in a perfect world we would have taken longer, but he wanted to play and we wanted to get him out there and try to get all our horses out there. And so mostly because of that, we kind of wanted to get him back out there as soon as we could. We talked about the benefit of a day off here and there in the early part of his activation to kind of get him through the first few weeks and managed that.
Bobbys given him a couple of days off now and he may continue to do that. Thats up to him. I think after the conversations that weve had, I think everyone understands the plan we have going forward. Just something weve got to manage and keep an eye on and Carls toughing it out and wants to play. Every once in a while maybe well give him a day so he can get through this. Were going to listen to what he says day to day. Se want to make the off days count and make sense. I think wed prefer not to put a specific number of days on it.
At one point, I remember talking about him three or four days from now taking a day. That number was used but after talking more this weekend. I think its just going to be more of a feel thing.
BOSTON - Ryan Hanigan (neck), who was with the team today, will play nine innings for Pawtucket Saturday and Sunday and will be evaluated after that. It's possible he could be activated for the start of the Texas series Monday.
* Blake Swihart (ankle) is walking around without a boot.
"He's improving,'' reported John Farrell. "He got on the treadmill here today and the last couple of days, [he's done] more walking. He's more free. I can't say that he's beginning to job or any kind of running progression; I think that's still too early. But the fact that he's able to tolerate more ground-based activity is encouraging. There's still no timetable for him to initiate any baseball acvtivities, other than throwing -- which he's doing right now."
* Joe Kelly (groin) threw a 20-pitch bullpen Thursday and is scheduled to throw another on Saturday.
"There's steps being made,'' said Farrell. "There's probably going to be a need for at least two additional bullpens before we get him back in a ballgame.''
Hanley Ramirez is out of the Red Sox starting lineup as they open a three-game weekend series at Fenway Park tonight against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Ramirez is day-to-day after he hurt his right side on a swing and miss on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays and left that game in the eighth inning.
Travis Wright moves to first place in place of Ramirez and Marco Hernandez will play third. Brock Holt returns from the disabled list and will play left field.
Steven Wright (8-5, 2.18 ERA) looks to bounce back from a loss in Texas in his last start. Jhoulys Chacin (3-6, 5.64) starts for the Angels.
Kole Calhoun RF
Mike Trout CF
Albert Pujols DH
Jefry Marte 3B
Daniel Nava LF
C.J. Cron 1B
Johnny Giovotella 2B
Carlos Perez C
Andrelton Simmons SS
Jhoulys Chacin RHP
Mookie Betts CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Brock Holt LF
Travis Shaw 1B
Christian Vazquez C
Marco Hernandez 3B
Steven Wright RHP
After being out with a concussion since May 20, Brock Holt has been activated by the Red Sox and will start in left field in the opener of the three-game series with the Angels.
Infielder Mike Miller was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Holt on the roster.
Holt was hitting .239 with three homers and 19 RBI before he was injured. He hit .320 (8-for-25) in an eight-game rehab stint for the PawSox.