OAKLAND -- Left fielder Carl Crawford opened the Double-A portion of his Minor League rehab assignment on Tuesday night, going 1-for-2 with two walks for Double-A Portland.
Crawford stole a base and scored a run. And befitting the type of season it's been for him, there was also a health scare. In his second at-bat, Crawford fouled a ball off his right knee.
"It's one of those things where you'll know tomorrow how it feels. Right now, it's not as bad as it looked. It's not too bad right now," Crawford told reporters after the game. "I just hoped I hadn't broken it. I hit it so hard, at the time I was just hoping everything was OK."
Jacoby Ellsbury will join Crawford with Portland on Wednesday for the start of a road series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
The Red Sox haven't said yet when the two outfielders will be activated, but the start of the second half at Tropicana Field against the Rays could be a reasonable estimate.
"I'm pretty sure they have a target, but I don't know what it is just yet," Crawford said. "Hopefully it will be sooner than later."