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Carl Crawford diagnosed with UCL sprain in elbow

Apr 26, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald was told by a Red Sox source that the team expects Crawford back by the All-Star break. In fact, they believe a return in June isn’t out of the question. Of course, this is assuming his UCL responds to treatment.

9:37 PM: Via Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, the Red Sox have announced that Crawford was diagnosed with an ulnar collateral ligament sprain in his left elbow. A “conservative protocol treatment” was recommended, which means he will not undergo surgery, but he was given a platelet rich plasma injection and has been shut down from baseball activity.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe originally reported that Crawford could miss three months, but the team’s announcement did not include a timetable. It’s safe to say they’ll be without him for a while, though.

6:43 PM: Sean McAdam of was told that Crawford has an injury to the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow which will not require surgery. The exact timetable is uncertain, but the Red Sox are hopeful that he could return sooner than three months.

6:10 PM: We don’t have much to chew on right now, but Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is reporting that it “looks like” Carl Crawford will miss three months. Ouch.

Crawford was scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews this week in regard to his ailing left elbow, so it’s safe to say he didn’t get very good news. The Red Sox are expected to issue a statement shortly with further information.

Jacoby Ellsbury is already sidelined until at least June due to a subluxed right shoulder, so this is yet another tough blow for the Red Sox offense. Marlon Byrd, Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney will continue to hold things down in the outfield for now.

  1. randygnyc - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    What happened to his fast start? This is year 2 of his failures with red sox. O N E H U N D R E D F O R T Y M I L L I O N D O L L A R S.

    • bloodysock - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:29 PM

      You forgot the TWO between the Y and M

      • marshmallowsnake - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:30 PM

        Isn’t it a THREE?

    • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:55 AM


  2. marshmallowsnake - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    It is a TWO…you are correct

  3. randygnyc - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Edit- missed $2,000,000.00. HTP bs.

  4. randygnyc - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    This elbow injury is new. It was the wrist previously. We don’t even know if that’s completely healed. Now he’s likely headed towards tommy John surgery.

  5. crispybasil - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Damn, you got us.

    • phukyouk - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

      Im guessing that Bozo got banned and has now come back in another form of douche?

      • skeleteeth - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:48 PM

        Nah, bozo is better at trolling than that.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:46 PM

        That’s a good one!

      • mornelithe - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:55 AM

        Isn’t that giving douche’s a bad name? At least they have a practical use…

  6. bloodysock - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    I see that Florida education really came through for you.

  7. phukyouk - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    is it just me or has the universe just taken a huge shit on the Yanks and Sox recently?

    • dondada10 - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      Didn’t Cliff Lee just get DL’d?

  8. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Some of you guys realize he didn’t sign that contract with the intention of being hurt and not playing well right?

  9. skeleteeth - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Worth. Every. Penny.

  10. rjostewart - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Given the recent track record of the Sox medical staff, he might as well have the TJS now and get it over with.

  11. mariner425 - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    That pic makes it look like he has added a few pounds. Just in his face. He is on the wrong side of thirty.

  12. jayquintana - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    What was the last great decision Theo’s made? Other than escaping the mess he made in Boston.

    Obviously, he WAS very good at one time.

    • sandpiperair - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:53 PM

      Signing Bill Meuller.

  13. randygnyc - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Good news for CC. No surgery. I’m also curious, is he now predisposed to blowing out his elbow in the future, even if he’s shut down for a significant time? And if so, isn’t he putting off the inevitable?

    • henryd3rd - Apr 27, 2012 at 5:56 AM

      Will the real CC please stand up? Mr. Sabathia you may now sit down. I know a CC when I see a CC and Crawford’s not a CC.

  14. mungman69 - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    C C is D O N E

  15. dondada10 - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Besides Matt Garza, who’s left Tampa and had success?

    • 4letterman - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      Josh Hamilton

  16. yourrealitybites - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Carl has always played hard, and given his team his all. It’s a shame that was wasted on the Dead Sox. Get out the crying towel for the Boston faithful.

  17. mrredlegz - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Oh, give him a tampon already so he can get back out there and play ball.

  18. bigleagues - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Everyone makes mistakes.

    Based on Crawford’s career up to the point he signed with the Red Sox it was IMPOSSIBLE to have foreseen the extent of issues he has had since.

    Certainly it would have been awesome to have seen this as the Yankees problem instead . . .

    But, ya know, hindsight is 20/20.

  19. mornelithe - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Well, the good thing about all this is that Crawford is pretty much irrelevant to the Red Sox success at the moment. The offense isn’t exactly in any trouble at the moment, only put up what, 44 runs in the past 5 games, and given up 19?

    No, the offense is fine right now and Crawford can take his time getting back. The real concern for the Red Sox is the pitching staff. I’d love to see them keep this up, but the reality is, I’m just waiting for the next playoff caliber team to curb stomp them. Oh well, maybe after this season the RS front office will actually try to blow up the bullpen. It’s ludicrous to be spending this kind of money on guys who can’t consistently get it done.

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