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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Kevin Youkilis and Carl Crawford return to Fenway Park Monday as Red Sox got a nice taste of what could be over the weekend in St. Petersburg.Read more