ARLINGTON, Texas -- Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford is batting seventh in the order for the second consecutive game as the club faces the Texas Rangers and left-hander Derek Holland (6-5, 4.84 ERA) in the series finale Wednesday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
During Tuesday’s 2-1 win by Boston, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine replaced Crawford in left field with the game tied at 1-1 in the seventh inning. After the game, Valentine said he made the switch for defensive purposes because Crawford still is dealing with elbow issues.
Because of those concerns, Valentine was asked whether he thought about having Crawford serve as the team’s designated hitter, especially with David Ortiz currently on the disabled list with a right Achilles strain.
“I don’t think it’s time. We’ve got to get Carl playing and into the swing of things,” Valentine said. “It was thought of and negated.”
Red Sox utility infielder Pedro Ciriaco will be the DH and hit second in the order for Boston on Wednesday, as he did on Tuesday.
“I think Pedro offers something offensively that I like in there,” Valentine added.
Crawford probably will need Tommy John surgery on his left elbow at some point, but he’s hoping to remain in the lineup for the remainder of the 2012 season before that decision is made.
As far as the daily lineup and batting order, Valentine said it’s a work in progress.
“We’re playing it by ear. This is all a learning experience and we’ll learn as we go,” Valentine said. “We’re trying to do the smart thing and not put anybody into a position to fail, but put people in a position to succeed. This isn’t a test.”