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.
Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.
Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.
Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.
Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.
Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.
Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners.
Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014.
Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.