Crawford resumes swinging; not throwing yet

Crawford resumes swinging; not throwing yet

BOSTON -- The old saying is that you must be able to walk before you run. In the case of Carl Crawford, the left fielder has to hit before he can throw.

Following an appointment with the medical staff on Friday, Crawford was given clearance to start hitting. For the past two days, he has taken swings off a tee.

"Yeah, he swung a little yesterday, he felt good," said manager Bobby Valentine. "He's swinging more today. He's excited and feeling good."

Crawford is recovering from a UCL sprain in his left elbow and had left wrist surgery in the offseason.

The key to Crawford making headway in his comeback is to be able to start a throwing program. Valentine estimated that Crawford could start throwing in about two weeks.

Crawford has spent the entire season on the disabled list.