Boston's Crisp returns after missing 42 games

BOSTON -- Coco Crisp returned to the Boston Red Sox lineup
Sunday after missing 42 games with a broken finger.

Crisp was activated from the disabled list and outfielder Wily Mo Pena, who has a left wrist injury, replaced him on it.

The Red Sox also placed right-handed reliever Mike Timlin on the
15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain and recalled
righty reliever Manny Delcarmen from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Crisp was back in his usual leadoff and center field spots
against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Crisp, obtained to take over both
spots after Johnny Damon signed with the New York Yankees,
fractured his left index finger while trying to steal third in his
fifth game.

He began Sunday batting .333 (8-for-24) with no homers or RBI
and has hits in all five games. He played extended spring training
games Thursday and Friday in Fort Myers, Fla., then went 1-for-3
with a two-run single and a walk Saturday at Triple-A Pawtucket in
his only rehabilitation outing.

Manager Terry Francona said he originally planned to have Crisp
bat sixth or seventh to ease him back and keep Kevin Youkilis in
the leadoff spot, where he has done very well. Instead, Youkilis
batted fourth when Francona decided to rest Manny Ramirez, with
minor back and knee problems, for a second straight day.

Pena, batting .321 while serving as Crisp's primary replacement
in center field, "is hurting," Francona said. "We'll try to
figure out why he's hurting and we'll do some tests Tuesday."

Pena wasn't expected to go with the team to Toronto for Monday
night's start of a 10-game road trip.

Timlin, who pitched in an AL-high 81 games last season and has
appeared in at least 60 in each of the last nine seasons, is 3-0
with a 1.40 ERA in 21 relief outings this year. He had one of his
few struggles of the season in his last appearance when he gave up
one run on three hits in 2/3 of an inning Thursday night against
Tampa Bay.

Francona said he thought the injury was "directly related to
spring training. It was a little bit dysfunctional for him"
because Timlin left to play in the World Baseball Classic for the
United States.

Delcarmen had a 9.82 ERA in four appearances with Boston from
April 23 to May 7. In 10 relief outings for Pawtucket, he is 0-1
with a 2.12. ERA.

Francona also said lefty David Wells, who was hit by a line
drive below his right knee on Friday night, "rode the bike last
night, which I think was a little bit surprising. He came in today
and looked a lot better."

But Francona said he didn't know if Wells would make his
scheduled start Wednesday night at Toronto. Wells was injured in
his first start since going on the disabled list April 14 with a
sprained right knee.