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Report: Carl Crawford wants to have Tommy John surgery next week

Aug 18, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox Carl Crawford slaps hands with a teammate after scoring a run against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of American League MLB baseball action at Fenway Park in Boston Reuters

UPDATE: Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe via email that Crawford hasn’t asked for permission and that the team is monitoring the situation.

According to Sean McAdam of, Cherington also said that any decision on surgery will be based on the well being of the player, not the team’s place in the standings.

2:52 PM: Carl Crawford has been playing with a bum elbow for a while and now that the Red Sox are all but out of the playoff race, he’s ready to shut things down.

According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Crawford is planning to ask the Red Sox to allow him to have Tommy John surgery next week.

Crawford began this season on the disabled list following January surgery on his left wrist, but he was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow in April. He finally made his season debut on July 16 and is hitting .287/.313/.500 with three home runs, 19 RBI and an .813 OPS in 29 games played, but surgery was reportedly considered an inevitability.

Crawford’s first two years in Boston have been a bust, but if he undergoes the surgery now, he has a better chance of being ready for 2013. Tommy John surgery usually requires around 12 months of recovery time for pitchers, but position players can come back sooner. Crawford, 31, still has five years and $102.5 million left on his contract.

  1. keithbangedyermom - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    That’s not going to be well received. Maybe should have waited another month.

    • petey1999 - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      Makes total sense, though. How much worse can it get?

  2. dondada10 - Aug 18, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    If he were to come back sooner than 12 months, who he have to DH?

  3. rollinghighwayblues - Aug 18, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    In my opinion, Crawford should’ve just got the surgery out of the way when he first learned of his bum elbow. I wasn’t really predicting him him to be the savior of this embarrassing season.

  4. hittfamily - Aug 18, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    If the man is hurt, let him heal. Or are they still playing for the wild card.

  5. xpensivewinos - Aug 18, 2012 at 3:24 PM


    • mickeylolich1968 - Aug 18, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      Now, now… let’s not jump to conclusions. This guy may yet produce, someday.
      Besides there are some other candidates for worst signing ever.
      How about Matt clement, that was a great half a season he had.
      John Lackey, that has gone well.
      And of course don’t forget the great Julio Lugo.

      • hojo20 - Aug 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM

        Keep going….Renteria 4yr/40, played one year in Boston and Theo paid the Braves 8m in the trade to dump him.

    • sabatimus - Aug 18, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      For the money, that’s hard to argue with. Crawford wasn’t even worth that in his best seasons in Tampa.

  6. willclarkgameface - Aug 18, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    The fact of the matter is that Bud Selig empowered the Red Sox with the 2nd wildcard. That thing was BUILT for that team, a team that year in, year out would gladly take 1st loser position (2nd place) just to be a part of the dance, not working hard enough to beat out the Yankees or Rays.

    They still think they have a chance in Boston. They are deluded. The standings tell me that they don’t have a snowballs chance in hell. Tampa is in it, Baltimore isn’t going anywhere. The Yankees will win the division. The Red Sox can’t even pull off a 3 game win streak.

    Let Crawford get his surgery. I think it sucks that they are waiting on this, but they own him. Here again guaranteed money rears its ugly head, but in a very different way than what we are used to. He won’t miss a paycheck and they feel he can still hit so they tell him to play. He’s fucked and it’s sad.

  7. bigleagues - Aug 18, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Cherington’s words:

    According to Sean McAdam of, Cherington also said that any decision on surgery will be based on the well being of the player, not the team’s place in the standings.

    Cherington’s Inner-Dialog:
    Certainly getting Carl healthy for 2013 is paramount. . . . and we are ready to concede the season. BUT, not before we give Papi some additional time to return and have a chance to pass Beckett through waivers and make some transactional magic happen.

    We still feel this team is poised to make a run. Even though we in the GM’s office have known for quite some time that that line of thinking is fool’s gold.

    In any event, we look forward to continuing to improve our team where we can as we head into the September stretch drive. Who said I can’t write comedy? Afterall, they say all good comedy is drawn from painful experiences.

    • keithbangedyermom - Aug 18, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      Ben Cherington is in over his head. He was left with a total disaster by Theo and he doesn’t seem up to the challenge to be honest. The Reddick trade was awful.

      • sabatimus - Aug 18, 2012 at 5:28 PM

        The Reddick trade might seem awful, given those 25 HRs, but he only has a .323 OBP, and was batting .230 in AAA last year. Granted, his OPS+ is 124, but Reddick showed few signs of being able to put it all together for the Sox.

      • bigleagues - Aug 19, 2012 at 4:37 PM

        With all do respect I completely and totally disagree with this assessment.

        It is Larry Lucchino who is in over his head – whenever he chooses to wear his baseball ops hat.

        Ben Cherington is as well prepared a GM as anyone in the game. His career in Boston predates this ownership group. He has worked under Dan Duquette and Epstein – and served under the two interim and accomplished GM’s (LaJoie and Port) that the Red Sox have had under the Henry watch. Cherington has also been involved with virtually every level of the Baseball Ops department, including directing player development.

        While I like the way Reddick comes to play the game, and he is better than average defender in RF with a very good arm, I agree with sabatimus – I just don’t think ultimately Reddick is the right fit in Boston.

        Also, not to sound like a spoiled Red Sox fan, but this team is not as big of a mess as its made out to be. A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT to be sure, but a huge mess is a tad to sensational a description.

        Clearly a few players (one in particular) need to be shipped out come this off-season. And a good chunk of contract money will be eaten, but having cleared my head of the latest drama, I’m back to my more level headed belief that this team was a World Series contender for 5 months last season before the wheels came off.

        And for a variety of reasons, after 12 months, they have yet to right the ship. But with the right manager and a couple of key roster tweaks – albeit at least one being of the major undertaking variety in clearing Beckett out of town – and this team will be right back at the top next year. There’s just too much talent on this roster.

        Also, I would say by-by to the current S&C coach, who clearly has done worse than his predecessor – the latter of whom used to work magic.

  8. baseballbum - Aug 18, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    They have not done any better with Carl Crawford in the lineup, in fact they have done worse. Let him have his surgery. Why else would you announce it to the media. I realize he’s probably not used to be a high profile player on a high profile club, but he continues to go about things the wrong way. I would rather have Scott Posednik in the lineup than Carl Crawford. Carl got the big money and is no longer a hungry player. Let him have his surgery while letting his teammates know he no longer feels that they can make the playoffs. That would be a fitting way for him to finish his second year of a contract that he is being paid big bucks and not giving big value. I’m sorry if this sounds bitter but you sit and watch this stuff go on and realize there has got to be a better way. Have a happy and healthy offseason Carl – starting now.

    • hittfamily - Aug 18, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      The guy has needed TJ surgery for 4 months. I don’t get the “not hungry” arguement. I’m sure he’d rather have had the surgery when he needed it, as opposed to when it was most convenient for his team. He has been playing through serious pain all year.

  9. jason9696 - Aug 18, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    He’s a better than average player. But I can’t believe the Red Sox signed him for 20 million a year. That was just insane.

  10. bigleagues - Aug 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    BTW, obviously the Celtics have earned their own prominence on the Boston sports landscape, but even the most casual fans know the Sox season is over and done with when does a Meet the new-look Celtics feature on it’s homepage . . . on AUGUST 18th!

  11. baseballbum - Aug 18, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    They actually have a shot because they play most of the teams in front of them. But you can’t do it when your 2 best pitchers are your 2 worst pitchers and no one would dare to skip them in the rotation.

    • uyf1950 - Aug 18, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      I know this is going to come out as being sarcastic but I really don’t mean for it to be. Anyway, what I wanted to say in reply was: When you’re in 4th place in the AL East pretty much all the teams are in front of them.

  12. baseballbum - Aug 18, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    No, that is correct, that is not sarcastic. It sounds basic and it sounds silly, but they just need to win a lot more games. If they actually played the opposite of how they played in the last 2 weeks in the next 2 weeks they would have a shot. But that does not seem likely to happen. Not with this group.

  13. mickeylolich1968 - Aug 18, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    A few years ago following the Red sox was a nice distraction from the stress of everyday life.
    These days may life is a total train wreck and I feel really blessed because my high degree of every day stress is able to distract me from the red sox…sigh

    • hittfamily - Aug 18, 2012 at 5:31 PM


  14. randygnyc - Aug 18, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Crawford should have the surgery. It’s like having Damocles sword hanging over his head. He should have it done under his own terms and avoid the possibility of catastrophic injury compounding matters. Probably should have had it right away, but I could see why he and the sox waited.

  15. mungman69 - Aug 18, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    If he’s hurt get ready for next year.

  16. tfbuckfutter - Aug 18, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    I wish my wife’s bust was as big as Crawford has been.

  17. klownboy - Aug 18, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Blame it all on Valentine. Everyone else does…

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