Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/16/12

The Red Sox activated left fielder Carl Crawford from the 60-day disabled list and penciled him into the second spot in the batting order Monday against the White Sox.

Crawford said he'll likely need ligament replacement surgery in his left elbow and might be used at designated hitter more regularly to prevent overtaxing his arm with throws from the shallow Fenway Park outfield.

Crawford hasn't played in the first 89 games this season for the Red Sox. He signed a seven-year, $142 million contract in December 2010 but hit .255 with 11 home runs and 18 steals last season.

Utility infielder Brent Lillibridge was designated for assignment. Lillibridge was acquired from the White Sox in the Kevin Youkilis trade last month.

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