Crawford's recovery continues on course

BOSTON – Injured Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford (left hamstring strain) will meet with team physician Dr. Thomas Gill later Monday and if everything goes well, the left fielder is expected to begin baserunning drills during the club’s current homestand.

“He had a really good day today,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “And it’s not an easy day to have a really good day because we got off the plane [Sunday night] at 11 and with a quick turnaround. He increased the intensity a little bit and changed direction.”

Crawford suffered the injury and was placed on the disabled list on June 18. There’s a chance he could return soon.

“He has to do some more baseball activities, but he has to go full speed on the bases for his own peace of mind,” explained Francona.

“This kid is in great shape. He’ll conquer this easily. We just don’t want to get in his way,” added Francona.

Francona also said that pitcher Clay Buchholz (lower back strain) would not return to the rotation during this homestand.

After the game, Buchholz and Francona said the right-hander will see a back specialist in North Carolina sometime this week.