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Carl Crawford diagnosed with strained elbow, setting back recovery from wrist surgery

Apr 13, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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Carl Crawford put his rehab from wrist surgery on hold to have his sore left elbow examined by doctors in Boston earlier this week and Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports that he’s been diagnosed with a strain that will push back his rehab timetable “for at least a week.”

Crawford revealed that he’s been dealing with elbow soreness for several weeks and had to delay his return to game action because of it, calling the whole situation “frustrating.”

As for when he might actually be ready to rejoin the Red Sox’s lineup … it’ll be a while. Bobby Valentine told Britton that “we’re not putting a timetable on it yet” and has previously said that Crawford would need around 50 at-bats in the minors or extended spring training before potentially coming off the disabled list.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    What a mistake this guy turned out to be…

    • wendell7 - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      One sub-par season doesn’t make a 7-year commitment to this guy a mistake. If he rebounds with 5 or 6 seasons of his usual production? Not a bad deal then …

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        we’re already at 2

      • bigharold - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        “One sub-par season doesn’t make a 7-year commitment to this guy a mistake.”

        It’s not really that the one bad year that makes this contract a mistake, .. it’s that Crawford was the wrong guy for that kind of contract.

        Even if Crawford returns to career representative form he was over paid for what he brings to the team. Crawford is an impact player but he’s not a dominant player, .. or the type of player that can carry a team.

        Crawford is a very good player that if he can stay healthy I see no reason why he will not return to form. The one exception to this notion is if the Nation starts riding him because he’s been hurt or doesn’t live up to their some what unreasonable expectations. Clearly he’s already pressing to get back on the field which shows he cares which is great. But, if the fans turn on him the pressure will mount and no good can come from that.

        Whether he returns to form or not the RS over paid for Crawford. The Nation should wait for him to get healthy and appreciate him for the player he is not the one they want.

      • pisano - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:42 PM

        You must be on drugs, if he played the best ball of his life he isn’t worth the stupid contract Theo the boy blunder gave him.

      • wendell7 - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:50 AM

        I love all you guys bashing Crawford because of the contract. “That type” of contract is becoming the norm these days. Jayson Werth anyone? Vernon Wells? Johan Santana? Alfonso Soriano? If you are going to be active in free agency then you address your team’s needs within your budget.

        Sorry, but I’m not lumping Crawford in with those guys just yet. Too many years left on the deal for him to meet or exceed expectations. You can bash away all you want because you hate the Red Sox or for whatever other reason you have. The Angels were also right there with the money to sign Crawford if Boston didn’t. The truth is that it is too early to judge Crawford on this contract.

    • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      Will you freakin people chill the eff out

  2. randygnyc - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Don’t say I didn’t warn you this would happen.

  3. hojo20 - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Once the inked dried on the new contract, CC’s game dried up too.

    • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      When all is said and done A-Rod will be the bigger disappointment. He will not break the HR record and his fall off the deep end? And before you accuse I will confirm I hate him, can’t put my finger on why I do but I do.

      • bigharold - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        Hate A-Rod all you want but unless he’s spending a lot of time on the DL for the remainder of his contract he’s almost a can’t miss to break the HR record.

  4. gotampabay52 - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    He was healthy for us. Now he is bum in the dump of ballpark Luke Scott says it better

  5. kevinbnyc - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    It’s not his fault the Sox are sending him to the Mets team doctors.

  6. comanchepilot - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Does anyone else think that Carl is gonna have one malady after another and that he may just not want to play for the Sox any longer???

  7. js20011041 - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    While this is still early in the deal, part of the problem is that he’s already on the wrong side of 30. His best years are behind him. If he does get healthy and get back to producing, it’s not going to be at the level he was at before. I think Theo is a really good GM, but between this deal and the Lackey signing, what a couple of disasters.

  8. ob1canobie - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    The Grant Hill of baseball… He was a waste of a trade and a paycheck.

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