Crawford sees first game action since last year

Crawford sees first game action since last year

BOSTON -- Carl Crawford had four at-bats in an extended spring game in Fort Myers, Fla., on Tuesday, his first game action for the Red Sox since last season ended.

"He walked in one of [the at-bats], attempted a stolen base," manager Bobby Valentine said Tuesday. "Hit the ball the other three times and felt great after the game."

Crawford, who was most recently slowed by soreness in his left elbow, initially was held up this spring by surgery and inflammation in his left wrist. Crawford said on Sunday while still in Boston that he was not planning to test the elbow with throwing until next week.

Left-handers Rich Hill and Andrew Miller both made rehab appearances on Monday. Hill, in his fourth appearance on the way back from Tommy John surgery, struck out two in one inning for Class A Salem. He's given up one run in five innings in his rehab appearances and is next scheduled to pitch Wednesday, again with Salem. Hill has also pitched for Class A Greenville.

Miller, out with a left hamstring strain, struck out the side in his one inning of work with Triple-A Pawtucket. In five rehab outings split between Class A and Triple-A, he's allowed four runs in five innings and struck out nine.

Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka threw on Tuesday, according to the Naples Daily News. Matsuzaka, like Hill, is recovering from Tommy John surgery.