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Report: Carl Crawford to undergo surgery Tuesday

Aug 19, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

Carl Crawford AP

Update: While the official statement is that the Red Sox will decide Carl Crawford‘s fate Monday, ESPN is reporting that the decision has already been made that Crawford will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, making tonight’s game his last of the season.

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Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said the Red Sox will meet on the off day Monday and make a decision on Tommy John surgery for Carl Crawford.

Crawford and doctors are expected to be involved in the meeting.

Rumor has Crawford preferring to undergo surgery now, which should ensure that he’s ready to play next spring. The Red Sox, though, might want to put it off, figuring that he could still be ready for Opening Day even if he waits until after the season to undergo surgery.

With a .309 average, two homers and 15 RBI in 17 games this month, Crawford has been one of the team’s best players of late.

In spite of all of the team’s struggles, the Red Sox still have some shot at a playoff berth, thanks largely to the addition of the second wild card. Of course, they would have to catch fire, something they haven’t done at any point this season. They’re currently 6 1/2 games back of the Orioles for the second wild card spot with 41 games left to play.

  1. aaronzona2011 - Aug 19, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    so….jeopardize next year to maintain the phony sellout streak and pretend to be in contention for the fans? i wouldn’t expect anything less from the front office.

    • teaspoon1731 - Aug 19, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      I wasn’t aware the entire fate of the team rested on the shoulders of Carl Crawford. Since they were selling out the first half of the season without Crawford playing, i don’t see how shutting him down now would actually effect their ability to sell tickets.

      • aaronzona2011 - Aug 19, 2012 at 8:12 PM

        it’s throwing in the towel and admitting the season is over. Yeah they were “selling out’ the first half of the season cause the fans had hope they would turn it around. front office is all about perception and massaging the truth so people will continue overpaying for tickets.

      • teaspoon1731 - Aug 19, 2012 at 8:24 PM

        The Sox were 44-44 without Carl Crawford and 14-18 with him. Again, how does losing him impact their winning? How is shutting him down throwing in the towel? He’s been hot of late but he’s hasn’t been carrying the team since his return or anything.

        But yes, I understand that you’re bitter about the sellout streak. Let it go man, it means nothing more than it was a pain in the ass for fans to get tickets when they were winning. If that’s really your whole concern and the root of your bitterness, you really need to reassess your perception of the importance of sports.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 19, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    “fate” is a four letter word; however it over dramatizes the situation. I am sure that there have been more fateful instances in his life. “Medium term baseball outlook” is probably more accurate. As far as the Red Sox are concerned, they are unlikely to win the world series in the next couple of years, so get it over with if it needs to be done.

  3. randygnyc - Aug 19, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    “Monday” being the operative word.

    Sox are a laugh a minute……

    • baseballbum - Aug 19, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      Exactly. Why didn’t they have this meeting one month ago. Carl will have his surgery and Scott Posednik will do a great job. Next year Carl will have a new development. 7 years, $140 million goes a long way.

    • cackalackyank - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      “Operative” LOL ..I see what you did there!

  4. royhobbs39 - Aug 19, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Eddie Murray already knows his fate.

    But he’s not saying a word…

  5. hittfamily - Aug 19, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    The headline could also read “Red Sox to decide Carl Crawford’s fate Tomorrow”

    The monday reference does get more google hits though.

  6. willclarkgameface - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    They are such ass holes.

    They want Carl to sacrifice spring training so they can continue to “believe” in Boston? What a joke, a miserable, unfunny joke. How dare they.

    It would be great if Carl could get his contract nullified and go play in a place where they believe the actual game of baseball is important instead of plaques, bricks, and coffee table books.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:23 PM

      Except of course that any new contract signed this offseason would be for a lot less money than he currently stands to make.

  7. tfbuckfutter - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    “Awww noooo….dah go ah chances at da playawfs!” said the only guy in Boston who hasn’t been paying attention to the last 160 or so games.

  8. keithbangedyermom - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    What a self-centered bitch. Take some more time off Carl.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:28 PM

      Yeah, how dare he want to get healthy again as soon as possible, especially when it affects his ability to get ready for next year.

      Guess you want him to be the Black Knight: ‘Tis only a flesh wound!

      • teaspoon1731 - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:37 PM

        I regret that I have but one thumbs up to give to this retort!

      • keithbangedyermom - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:39 PM

        As if he couldn’t play another month and then have the surgery. He’d still be ready by March. He’s a bitch. Another player that gets a huge contract and can’t perform.

      • teaspoon1731 - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:58 PM

        The idea that he needed TJ surgery surfaced months ago. I want to say it was even before the season started, but I might be wrong on that. Either way, it was at the very latest in May. What should have happened was that they just washed this season, cut he up then and then he’d be aces by spring training. But no, all the pressure from signing a huge contract and having an off year last year meant he had to come back this year and prove himself. And thus here we are now.

  9. chill1184 - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Speedy recovery Crawford

  10. mybrunoblog - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Just prior to the surgery Crawford is expected to ask the anasthesiailogist to wake him up when Bobby V is fired.

  11. mickeylolich1968 - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Next up from sox ownership… selling tickets for the grand fenway park amatuer draft party.

  12. bigleagues - Aug 20, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    On Red Sox radio pre-game show last night, Bobby was doing well giving a Francona-style answer to the question of what the Red Sox will do if Crawford goes on the DL. Bobby was doing very well with that until the very last sentence fragment in which he stated:

    “so we’ll wait to see what happens with Carl before we make our adjustments

    If the average person made that statement it may or may not reveal anything, but with Valentine (and again I overall I like the job he has done) he is extremely Freudian in his speaking.

  13. deepstblu - Aug 20, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    The Red Sox are one game ahead of the Mariners in the standings. When do we hear about how the Mariners still have a shot at the wild card?

  14. Alex K - Aug 20, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    The real question is how does Crawford feel about how the Nats are hadling the Strasburg situation.

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