Allen Craig‘s eventual return to the Red Sox lineup draws closer and closer.

The right fielder has only played in one game with Boston after being acquired on July 31 in a trade-deadline deal with the Cardinals that send Craig and Joe Kelly to the Red Sox for John Lackey.

In his debut with the Red Sox on Aug. 1, Craig tweaked his ankle in his final at-bat while attempting to run out a grounder at first. Red Sox manager John Farrell said before Friday’s game against the Astros that he expects Craig to begin an assignment down in the minors within the next few days.

“Were hopeful that he goes out on a rehab assignment early this coming week possibly as early as Monday,” Farrell said. “He came out of yesterdays work of full BP, some running in the outfield, in good fashion. He’ll go through three more days of work prior to heading out.”