Crawford Returns To Red Sox Lineup, Batting Second

July 16, 2012 12:00 AM
Crawford Returns To Red Sox Lineup, Batting Second
" BOSTON (CBS) – The Red Sox have waited all season for Carl Crawford to make his 2012 debut.

That night finally comes Monday night.

Crawford has been activated from the 60-day disabled list and will bat second for Boston when they open a four-game set against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park.

“I’m happy to know I’m playing in a big league game today,” Crawford said from Fenway Park on Monday. “I’m a little nervous, but at the end of the day I’m happy knowing I’ll be back on the field.”

Crawford will bat second, a spot he didn’t hit much out of last season.

“Definitely excited about it,” he said of hitting second, behind the speedy Jacoby Ellsbury. “There’s no secret I like being at the top of the order. I was ready to hit anywhere in the lineup, but when I saw I was hitting second I got a little more excited.”

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Crawford said his body is feeling good and he isn’t going to worry about an elbow issue that has him thinking Tommy John surgery in the future "

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