PHILADELPHIA -- While Carl Crawford and Clay Buchholz are both vital components to the Red Sox, the club will be conservative with both players when it comes to their returns from the 15-day disabled list.
Crawford is first eligible to play on Sunday in his hometown of Houston, while the earliest Buchholz could be activated is Saturday. However, it is likely both players will be held out until the next homestand, which starts on July 4.
Crawford is recovering from a left hamstring strain.
"He jogged today," said manager Terry Francona. "He did six, 90-feet [increments], jogging about [half-speed]. He's improving. I think the day he could come off is the last day in Houston. I don't know how realistic that is. I guarantee, when you see him, he's OK. He knows that. We'll see how he does."
Because Crawford has been in the American League his entire career, his chances to play in front of his hometown have been limited. But Francona has already spoken openly about not forcing the issue for that reason.
"Of course," Francona said, "but he also was aware of that. We've had that conversation already. He's fine."
Buchholz, who has been dealing with lower back woes for a few weeks, last pitched on June 19.
"We're going to be really careful with him, obviously," Francona said. "He's improving, which is good. Not all the way, but I can tell you he's not going to pitch until we're comfortable he can go out and handle it. So we'll just continue to monitor that. He's not going to pitch in Houston. We'll see how it does when we go back off this trip, see where he's at."
Jenks hopes health woes are thing of past
PHILADELPHIA -- Bobby Jenks hit the re-start button again on Tuesday night, when he was activated from his second stint on the 15-day disabled list.
The combination of pitching struggles and health woes have been trying for Jenks, who signed a two-year, $12 million contract to forego closing and become a setup man for the Red Sox.
"I'm just excited to be back," said Jenks. "I think I might be the most frustrated one here. When I came back off the DL the first time, I was throwing the ball extremely well. This happened and no one could be more frustrated than I am or happier to be back."
In his first 11 outings of the season, Jenks posted a 9.35 ERA before being shut down with a right bicep strain. Upon his return, he notched four consecutive scoreless outings, only to have his progress halted by an upper back/rib injury on his left side that necessitated another DL stint.
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This isn't exactly the way he drew it up.
"Right now, I'm definitely the freshest one out there -- that's for sure," said Jenks. "Hopefully this will be the last time and I can just roll into September and the playoffs extremely healthy."
Jenks threw one inning of rehab for Double-A Portland on Saturday, giving up a hit and no runs.
The Red Sox also activated lefty Franklin Morales from the disabled list. After being acquired from the Rockies on May 19, Morales went on the DL just 10 days later with a left forearm strain.
To make room for Jenks and Morales, Boston optioned lefty Tommy Hottovy and righty Scott Atchison to Triple-A Pawtucket.