Red Sox Activate Carl Crawford; DFA Brent Lillibridge

BOSTON, MA - JULY 24: Carl Crawford #13 of the Boston Red Sox knocks in a run with a double against Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park on July 24, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Boston Red Sox have at long last activated outfielder Carl Crawford from the disabled list and designated utility player Brent Lillibridge for assignment, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

Crawford, who has been sidelined since spring training with a variety of arm ailments, will make his season debut by batting second tonight against the Chicago White Sox. The 30-year-old hit .306/.432/.389 in 11 rehab games, bagging a double and a triple.

Utility man Brent Lillibridge has been designated for assignment to make room on the roster for Crawford. Acquired with right-hander Zack Stewart in the Kevin Youkilis trade two weeks ago, Lillibridge appeared in 10 games for the Red Sox. The 29-year-old had only two hits in 16 plate appearances and is now hitting just .165/.212/.177 in 86 plate appearances on the season.
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WIll Crawford's return give the Red Sox a boost?

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