Crisp Back On Monday?

The Boston Globe’s Chris Snow is eporting that Coco Crisp should return to the Red Sox lineup on Monday (against the Blue Jays). If, in fact, Crisp returns in the Toronto opener, he will have missed exactly seven weeks of the season.

Crisp has been recuperating from a fractured left index finger suffered in Baltimore on the first weekend of the season… his recovery has recently been compounded by a bout with kidney stones.

He will work out with the Red Sox today and then travel to Fort Myers to play in two extended spring training games (tomorrow and Friday)… due to the flexible format of the games, manager Terry Francona expects that Crisp should get 10-15 at-bats. He’ll then travel to Pawtucket to play in Triple A Saturday night.

Francona said Crisp will either play for Pawtucket on Sunday or work out with the Red Sox and travel with the team to Toronto, depending on his performace in the rehab starts, how he feels, etc.

Yesterday, Crisp took 60 swings during batting practice (30 lefthanded, 30 righthanded) and ran a mile and a half (the half-mile backward). Crisp said: “My stamina feels good. I can go out there and jog a couple miles no problem. My endurance is fine”.

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