Valentine reluctant to test Crawford's elbow

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he removed left fielder Carl Crawford in the seventh inning for defensive reasons because he’s still dealing with elbow issues in his throwing arm.

Daniel Nava replaced Crawford, who went 0-for-3 Tuesday night while hitting seventh and is 0-for-15 in his last three games.

“We’re just playing defense,” Valentine said. “We’re not going to test that arm in a 1-1 game where he’s going to have to make a throw out of his shoes, not until he’s feeling good about it.”

Nava proved to be crucial in the top of the ninth when he drew a two-out walk and eventually scored the winning run on Mike Aviles’ RBI single that gave Boston a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers.

“It was my first at-bat and the first live pitching I’ve seen [in the game] so I was looking for something down the middle,” Nava said. “You hope for the best but you don’t always get that.”