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Carl Crawford to “follow the course” recommended by Red Sox doctors, says agent

Aug 18, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

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Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe tweeted earlier today that outfielder Carl Crawford “is planning to ask the Red Sox to allow him to have Tommy John surgery next week” to repair his strained left elbow.

That report is either incorrect or something has changed, because Crawford’s agent Brian Peters wrote in an email tonight to the Boston Herald that “Carl intends to follow the course recommended by the medical professionals (Red Sox docs) who have been treating him, in whom he has full confidence.”

“Whether and when he has surgery will be determined by them,” continues Peters’ brief message. “The Red Sox have been and remain 100 percent supportive of Carl throughout this process.”

Crawford is batting .283 with a .795 OPS in 30 games since returning from the disabled list on July 16.

  1. aaronzona2011 - Aug 18, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    red sox medical staff is a bunch of zoidbergs, i’d barely trust them to check my pulse without killing me

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:21 AM

      I wish I could thumbs up this twice but I have to empty the garbage before Leela hits me.

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:50 AM

      That literally made me laugh out loud. Nicely done.

  2. hojo20 - Aug 18, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Anyone in the Sox organization talks out of both sides of their mouth, so this change doesn’t surprise me.

  3. dennisinsf - Aug 18, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    There was an unfortunate typo in the agents e-mail, as he intended to say “follow the curse” whereby the Red Sox overpay for players who woefully under-perform.

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:23 AM

      So true.

      Theo inherited some heavy but mostly productive contracts from Duquette, build a Series winner with low cost high reward players…..and then missed on pretty much every free agent signing since. High cost little to no reward.

      And aside from Adrian Gonzalez, most of the trades and signings they have undertaken since his departure have been low cost no reward.

      • taxed00 - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:02 AM

        Most of the trades and signings since have been low cost no reward?

        Go back and check how little the Sox gave up to acquire the following ‘everyday’ players:

        Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Scott Atchison (signed from Japan), Franklin Morales, Alfredo Aceves, Mike Aviles, Andrew Miller, Clayton Mortenson (acquired in a glorified salary dump), Cody Ross.

        I’d say there’s a hell of a lot of return on some of those names considering Cherington/Theo gave up next to nothing for them, and those are just the names I picked up off the current roster, I’m sure there were plenty more examples before these guys came along.

  4. maddogg911 - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Crawford and Lackey; what a disgrace. Thank you Red Sox from Angels Organization!!!

    • dan1111 - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:44 AM

      A disgrace? Yes, those deals have turned out horribly, but no one predicted this result at the time. Both had long track records of being very good players before coming to the Sox. It’s nothing more than bad luck…very expensive bad luck.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:55 PM

        I gotta agree i dont get the disgrace part but i thought Lackey would have been decent for them, over payed yes but a decent pitcher which he still might end up being for them and Crawford was overpayed as well but i thought he would be a nice leadoff guy for them which once again he still might be one day

  5. pisano - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    I don’t think anyone really cares. His deal will probably go down as one of, if not the worst free agent deals ever.

  6. mickeylolich1968 - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    I predict the Red Sox medical staff will perform Tommy John on Carl Crawford’s right elbow in early October.

    • hittfamily - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:40 AM

      Only if he really needs it on his left.

  7. randygnyc - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    I bet you they make him go to a class B doctor who’ll perform the surgery in his van.

    • hittfamily - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:41 AM

      Don’t knock em man. My wifes been seeing her gynocologist in his van for years. The dude is cheap too.

      • theskinsman - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:06 AM

        Might as well shut him down and fix his arm for next season. I wonder if the guy will ever be 100% and play like it. Unlike Lackey, Crawford shows flashes of ability.

      • protius - Aug 19, 2012 at 8:49 AM

        Unlike Lackey, Crawford shows flashes of dignity.

  8. willclarkgameface - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Crawford seems like a class act. As far as the Red Sox brass and medical staff, anything BUT class.

    It’s all lies that end up in the media in Boston if it’s attached to a quote from Lucchino, Cherrington, and anyone else that is in-house up there.

    Crawford, while never a HOFer, is going to continue to miss time, losing out on a continued productive, FUN career because they want to get to that ridiculous play-in game. They still think they have a chance because they won last night in New York. Even those idiots at FOX think it’s a big deal to have these two teams on TV. I love the FOX logo in the top right corner and the “#rivalry” hash tag.

    A fake rivalry (the Yankees and their fans must laugh at this every time they see it), bad effort on the field all season from the Red Sox, and Pesky kicks the bucket. What a miserable year in Boston!

  9. paul621 - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    How has anything changed? He said he would “ask” to have it soon, now he says he’ll follow the doctors’ recommendation. How are those in conflict? You can ask all you want, and still do what they say if the answer is no. Nothing to see here.

  10. baseballbum - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Carl, please have your surgery already and let your teammates focus on playing baseball. You don’t need the media to get your surgery done. Please stop your distracting news items. Either do your job and keep quiet or get your surgery and keep quiet. When you hit .350, steal 50 bases and drive in 100 runs you can be a little bit more distracting. Sorry, not buying the way that Carl is handling this. When your agent is still involved, not a good sign.

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