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Carl Crawford cleared to return to Red Sox on Monday

Jul 17, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

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Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford played in rehab games Friday and Saturday at Triple-A Pawtucket without feeling any discomfort in his left hamstring, according to Mike Scandura of the Boston Globe, and has been cleared to return to the major leagues.

Crawford will be activated from the disabled list before Monday’s series-opener against the Orioles and should start two of three games in Baltimore.

The 29-year-old managed just one single and a walk in six plate appearances with the PawSox, and he saw very few chances in the outfield. But the Red Sox are confident that his timing will be fine and that he is ready to contribute again at the big league level.

Crawford was batting .243/.275/.384 with six homers, eight steals and 31 RBI before landing on the disabled list in mid-June with a hamstring strain. He signed a seven-year, $142 million contract in December.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 17, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Thank God!! Sooo happy to see Carl back!

  2. pisano - Jul 18, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    I’ll bet the Sox have missed that .243 BA.

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