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Carl Crawford had arthroscopic surgery on his wrist

Jan 17, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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This isn’t anything as bad as the Victor Martinez news, but another big name is going to miss some time: Carl Crawford had arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist today to repair cartilage.

It’s being described as routine, and he is expected to be recovered and — in the words of GM Ben Cherington — will be “hitting at some point in spring training.”

And if he is hitting in spring training, it would mark the first time he hit since he left the Tampa Bay Rays.


  1. phillieschamps2012 - Jan 17, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Does anyone know why this surgery wasn’t done right after the season? Did the Red Sox know about this sooner? If they did, it doesn’t make any sense to wait until Jan 17th to perform any type of surgery, even minor, this far into the off-season.

    • CliffC - Jan 17, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      Didn’t start his hitting until Jan and felt it then.

      • arizonastan - Jan 18, 2012 at 7:41 PM

        With all the money he made last year for doing nothing…he didn’t start working out until the first of the year. I am not a Boston fan but their fans deserve more dedication from such a high priced bum. He should have been working out all off season so he could show the Boston fans he was worth the money. So now he has surgery and the fans have to wonder if he can ever hit with power again..not that he did last year…no such thing as simple surgery when it affects the way you hit. Now he has his excuse for the 2012 season if he sucks again..and the season has not even stated. Definetly no fan consideration at all….just another over paid jerk…

    • bloodysock - Jan 17, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      He experienced some soreness when he started his off-season hitting regimen at the beginning of the year. An MRI was then conducted where cartilage damage was shown

  2. uyf1950 - Jan 17, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    “And if he is hitting in spring training, it would mark the first time he hit since he left the Tampa Bay Rays”

    That’s priceless.

    • bigharold - Jan 17, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      That’s cold. Craig’s a closet Yankee fan, .. who knew?

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 17, 2012 at 5:50 PM

        Not even a Red Sox fan could resist making that jab. Priceless indeed.

  3. calichowd - Jan 17, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Helping or hurting Craig?

  4. teaspoon1731 - Jan 17, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    This would very much explain why he avoided talking to Valentine for so long.

  5. ras1tafari - Jan 17, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    F–k Theo Epstein for dropping this P.O.S. on our team before bolting.

    I’m sure he’s a fantastic human being, but I DO NOT WANT HIM ON MY RED SOX TEAM. Worst FA signing ever.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 17, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      The Rays would probably take him back, if the Sox paid like 75% of that contract.

    • baseballisboring - Jan 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      Yeah? Worst ever? Not even gonna give it like, 2 years before you call it the worst *ever*?

      • henryd3rd - Jan 18, 2012 at 5:46 AM

        Now boys let’s simmer down here and be realistic; because John Lackey has got to be the worst signing Theo ever made.

    • rjostewart - Jan 17, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      Was he even Theo’s worst signing of the last ~3 years? Worse than Lackey?

    • bigharold - Jan 17, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      “Worst FA signing ever.”

      Worst than Lackey? Worse than Rentiria? Worse than Lugo? Worse than Drew? Worse than Jenks? I’ll stop now, .. i’m getting tired.

      • Ari Collins - Jan 17, 2012 at 5:09 PM

        Drew was actually a pretty good signing. And Jenks was only $12MM.

      • bigharold - Jan 17, 2012 at 5:38 PM

        Drew had one good year, .. he was not a good signing. And, that ignores the fact that they signed him believing he was about to break out as a star corner OFer, which never happened. Drew never played more than 140 games, and only averaged about 120, he averaged less than 20 HRs per year less than 60 rbis while batting about .260ish. While all the time getting paid less than Johnny Damon who out played and out produced Drew for about a third of the salary.

        The fallacy that Epstein was a great GM is best exemplified in his refusal to sign Johnny Damon for a faction of the money he signed Drew for and yet Damon was actually on the field earning his keep.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 17, 2012 at 5:52 PM

        In my mind everything else Drew did (or didn’t do) as a member of the Sox is forgiven because of that grand slam against the Indians in the ALCS.

      • baseballisboring - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:29 PM

        I can’t believe we’re having the Theo discussion again…it’s played out at this point. He’s a very good GM, deal with it. I’m not gonna sit and act like Cashman isn’t good at his job because I hate the Yankees. #criticalthinking

    • bozosforall - Jan 17, 2012 at 5:33 PM

      Typical Boston sports fan comment. Cry us a river, crybaby.

      • bobwsc - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM

        typical bozos comment. drink some Drano.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      Mike Hampton was the worst FA signing ever.

  6. phukyouk - Jan 17, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    “And if he is hitting in spring training, it would mark the first time he hit since he left the Tampa Bay Rays.”

    Craig – When you finally get that “Edit” button ordered please have them install a “like” button as well… this is pure fu*king gold!

  7. 13yrsmlbvet - Jan 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Another example of the complete lack of distrust the players had for the head trainer in Boston. Not one of them felt comfortable going to him.

  8. 24missed - Jan 17, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Hope Carl Crawford has a quick and as painless recovery as possible.

    Just wondering if he was playing through the soreness, trying to do whatever it took to help his team. I know, he didn’t put up his normal numbers. I still believe he gives it his all and then some.

    As a RS fan, I could never make fun of the guy. Granted, I love the guy, but he’s still a RS team player. Plus, he is Carl Crawford. I can’t wait til he’s back on the field. He and Ellsbury can talk about what the ‘fans’ and the media think of players when things aren’t great and what happens when those same players turn it around.

  9. mianfr - Jan 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    At least now they can blame this year’s .250/.300/.375 line on “lingering wrist pain” from the surgery.

    • bozosforall - Jan 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      That would be a typical Boston lame move.

  10. foreverchipper10 - Jan 17, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    They just locked up Ellsbury for a year at a little over 8mm

  11. hushbrother - Jan 17, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Crawford at his absolute best is still nowhere near a $20 million a year player. His K/W ratios have always been bad, he has modest power, and his speed has limited value in Fenway. Even if he performed at his peak all 7 years of the contract it would still have been a bad signing.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      I don’t think you could find anyone who would defend the money he’s making, but free agency is a sellers market and there were only 2 top-level outfielders on the market that year. Once Werth got overpaid his price went up even higher. Neither was worth the money they got but that’s the nature of the beast.

  12. buffalomafia - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Crawford always pulls a hamstring or gets hurt every year! Overrated player!

    Go Yankees!

  13. jetsfaninmiami - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Music to Yankees fans ears. Brian Cashman for Exec. Of the year.

    • vprkilr - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:21 AM

      Brian Cashman?!?! How about the Rays Andrew Friedman for the roster he was able to put together…

  14. pisano - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    220mil for Crawford & Lackey, one hell of a swan song Theo!

  15. henryd3rd - Jan 18, 2012 at 5:58 AM

    There’s nothing more pleasing to a Yankees fan’s ears than hearing Red Sox fans bitch, gripe and complain about Theo Epstein’s mistakes! I love it. No one was complaining when the dude made the Red Sox relevant; but once the dude’s acquisitions didn’t work out they ran him out of town. A bunch of front runners who probably haven’t seen the inside of Fenway Park in their lives; but consider themselves Sox fans.

    27 World Championships and counting. Pitchers and catchers report February 19th. Go Yankees!!!!!

  16. cubsisles72 - Jan 22, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Damon was a cult like idiot, errr, hero. Theo couldn’t have anybody revered that much more than him. Damon’s personality, leadership and on field productivity was why we won those World Series. His presence and influence was greater than anyone else’s (proper respect and love to Papi of course).

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