Left fielder Carl Crawford was out of Boston’s starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the New York Yankees and said his balky elbow might need ligament-replacement surgery.

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 consecutive games when he returned,

“I did a manager no-no thing and went against what I was told to do. Never to be done again,” Valentine said.

Valentine said he hopes Crawford will be able to build up endurance so that the restriction can end.

Crawford anticipates he will need elbow surgery at some point.

Bautista will need time to get ready

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista is not expected to return immediately when his time on the 15-day disabled list concludes Wednesday. He swung the bat Saturday for the first time since injuring his left wrist

Bautista, who led the majors in home runs in both 2010 and 2011, was hurt in the eighth inning of a July 16 game at Yankee Stadium, grabbing his wrist in pain after hitting a long foul ball.

Rockies trade Scutaro to Giants

The San Francisco Giants acquired infielder Marco Scutaro from the Colorado Rockies in a trade for minor-league infielder Charlie Culberson. Scutaro, who will bolster the infield for the Giants, was hitting .271 with four home runs in 95 games for the Rockies.

Astros promote Galarraga

The Houston Astros promoted right-hander Armando Galarraga from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Houston also claimed infielder-outfielder Steve Pearce off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.

Left-hander Fernando Abad was optioned to Triple-A. The Astros sent right-handers Enerio Del Rosario and Aneury Rodriguez to Oklahoma City.

Braves insert Medlen into rotation

Kris Medlen is moving into the Braves’ rotation and will start Tuesday against the Marlins.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Medlen is replacing Jair Jurrjens in the rotation unless the team adds a starting pitcher through a trade before Tuesday.