NEW YORK (AP) - Carl Crawford was out of Boston's starting lineup for Saturday's game against the New York Yankees.
After missing the first half of the season because of left wrist and elbow injuries, Crawford returned July 16.
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said the team's medical staff had told him not to start Crawford more than four days in a row.
Crawford appeared in six straight games when he returned, which Valentine said was a "no-no." He said he used his "veto" power then but wouldn't now.
In the second season of a $142 million, seven-year contract, Crawford is batting .222 (8 for 37) with one homer and two RBIs - connecting in Friday's series opener. Valentine said he hopes Crawford will be able to build up endurance so that the restriction can end.
Daniel Nava replaced him in left field.