(NEW YORK) — Carl Crawford’s tenure with the Boston Red Sox has not gone as planned, but he’ll get a chance to change all that starting Monday night. Crawford will come off the disabled list and will be in the team’s lineup tonight against the Chicago White Sox.
Crawford has yet to play all season with an elbow injury. He has admitted that his elbow is not 100% and probably won’t be all season, but he feels healthy enough to get back on the field for the Red Sox.
“I’m not expecting any immediate impact,” Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. “I’m just expecting one of nine, a guy who can go out there and be a contributor. I’ve never been around Carl in a game situation and I hope that whatever he needs is provided him from his surroundings and I hope he’s healthy. I think if he’s healthy, he’ll do fine.”
Crawford signed a seven-year, $142 million contract with the Red Sox prior to the 2011 season. After being a multiple-time All-Star outfielder for the Tampa Bay Rays/Devil Rays, he hardly resembled that payer in his first year in Boston.
Last season Crawford batted .255 with 56 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN