Carl Crawford texted Bobby Valentine yesterday afternoon, saying he was "ready to go."

Tonight, at long last, he's expected to get going on his 2012 season with the Red Sox.

Not seen in a game since the left fielder missed a sinking line drive off the bat of Baltimore's Robert Andino in Game 162 of Crawford's and the Red Sox' ill-fated 2011 season, he has played in his final rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket and barring an unexpected hitch, should be in the starting lineup against the Chicago White Sox.