The medical drama surrounding highly paid Carl Crawford continued Saturday when manager Bobby Valentine reverted to a program outlined by the Red Sox' medical staff to rest the left fielder after four games. The manager acknowledged he defied the order when he allowed Crawford to play six straight games upon his return from the disabled list.

Valentine said at his morning press briefing Saturday at Yankee Stadium that he committed a "manager no-no" when he exercised his veto power and allowed Crawford to play his sixth consecutive game July 21 against Toronto at Fenway.

"They told me before that game that he wasn't playing, and I kind of did the old veto power, 'Who says he's not playing?' and I played him," Valentine said. "Never to be done again."