By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
Carl Crawford will be activated Monday when the Sox begin a three-game series in Baltimore. Crawford has missed a month with a hamstring pull suffered June 17.
Crawford had a two-game rehab assignment at McCoy Stadium over the weekend, managing one single and a walk in six plate appearances with the PawSox.
"He didn't swing the bat great (in the two games)," said Terry Francona, "but he's healthy, which is perfect. He got some at-bats out of the way. The timing at the plate, hopefully it will come quick. But he'll be ready to go tomorrow. There are no (physical) issues, so that's great."
The Sox are hopeful that Crawford will use his return as a fresh beginning to what has been a disappointing start to his career in Boston. His batting average didn't get over .200 until May, and although Crawford has had a handful of walk-off hits, he hasn't had nearly the impact he was projected to have when he signed a seven-year, 142 million deal with the Sox last December.
He was batting .243.275.384 with six homers, eight steals and 31 RBI before landing on the disabled list in mid-June.
"His batting average might be lower than we're used to," said Francona, "but if he comes back for the last couple of months and is that kind of terror who causes havoc, what a lift that would give us. I thought he had shown flashes of that. I don't think he had ever gotten hot like he can."