Carl Crawford took 60 swings off a tee yesterday and plans to increase that level of activity prior to tonight's game. And although that represents progress, it isn't anything the Red Sox left fielder is getting overly excited about.

"You've got to remember" Crawford said today, "swinging was never the problem. I don't really feel I'm going to have any setbacks doing that."

Indeed, the real test for Crawford will come when he resumes throwing. In April, he was unable to throw without pain in his left wrist and was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that has required rest and therapy for the past few weeks. Crawford said he likely will be cleared to throw in 10 to 14 days.

"That's going to be the true test," Crawford said. "I can do all this stuff, but the true test is whenever I start back throwing and finally get to see how that feels. That's when I'll really know where I'm at."