Crawford ramping up throwing program

Crawford ramping up throwing program

CHICACO -- Carl Crawford was throwing the ball so well in pregame exercises on Sunday that Clay Buchholz went from left field to right field to give his teammate some positive reinforcement.

It has been a long road back for the left fielder, who was first battling back from left wrist surgery and then was diagnosed with an ulnar collateral ligament sprain in his left elbow.

Crawford hasn't played for the Red Sox in 2012, but finally is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

"I'm definitely feeling better about my chances of getting back on the field," said Crawford. "It should be pretty soon here. Hopefully I won't have any setbacks and I'll be back in the big leagues playing."

When the Red Sox return home to open a homestand this week, Crawford will continue to ramp up his throwing program. He could be closing in on a Minor League rehab assignment in the near future.

"Still just working on it," Crawford said. "I've only been throwing for four days. Nobody can get well that quick. I've still got a few things to do. But at some point, I'll be getting out of here pretty soon."