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Carl Crawford to undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday

Aug 20, 2012, 6:26 PM EST

Carl Crawford AP

With the player obviously in favor of undergoing the procedure now, the Red Sox have decided to relent: Carl Crawford will have Tommy John surgery Thursday and sit out the rest of the season.

Crawford missed the first half of the season rehabbing his wrist and elbow, but he returned last month to hit .282/.306/.479 in 117 at-bats, which should at least help alleviate concerns that he’s going to be a complete bust in a Red Sox uniform after an extremely disappointing first year in Boston.

Still, he couldn’t have helped his standing with the fanbase by making it known that he wanted surgery now. Even had Crawford waited until after the season, he most likely would have been ready for Opening Day 2013. Given that he’s a left fielder, it’s not as though he’s forced to unleash several hard throws per game. Actually playing in games will be less intensive than much of his rehab is going to be.

With Crawford out, Scott Podsednik likely will get most of the starts in left field for now. Daniel Nava should return within a week to share time there.

  1. hittfamily - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    If he doesn’t get the surgery til Thursday, does that means he plays against the Angels today and tomorrow?

    This is going to hurt: Let’s go Red Sox. Put the nail in the coffin.

    Phew. That wasn’t so bad. Uh Oh. Here it comes.

  2. Travis - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    The Red Sox season is over, theres no reason not to do it now. Let Podsednik take left for now and let Jackie Bradley Jr play in September, if Bradley flourishes, trade Ellsbury this winter.

  3. hitdog042 - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    6-9 months isn’t a certainty he will be back if he waited until October. the Sox and cc are doing the right thing. they aren’t going anywhere this year.

    • pisano - Aug 20, 2012 at 7:11 PM

      Yeah, and he’s such a game changer in the line-up.

    • protius - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      They’re not going anywhere next year either, unless they get rid of capybara.

  4. allbucdup - Aug 20, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Pretty sure “the fanbase” agrees with this move.

  5. cowboysoldiertx - Aug 20, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    This contract was a bad idea then and looks worse by the day!

  6. raysfan1 - Aug 20, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    6 months of post-operative rehab takes him to February, which of course is when spring traing starts. Of course complications and setbacks can happen to delay that timetable. The best way to try to ensure 2013 isn’t adversely impacted is to do the surgery now.

  7. baseballbum - Aug 20, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    What is more important to a team – that you are ready to play at the beginning of the season or able to play at the end of the season? I dont want to sound insensitive here, Carl knows Carl best and Carl feels its best for Carl not to wait. But if he was able to play, why not try to make a difference and set an example for his teammates? Instead it seems like he did the opposite thing. Maybe I’ll feel different in a few months or if the Redsox make the playoffs anyway. But even Manny eventually played for his teammates. I really want to be wrong here.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 20, 2012 at 9:48 PM

      See if this helps: He was injured in late April, and rehabbed without surgery, trying to avoid needing surgery. He did make it back but was told surgery was inevitable. Surgery hurts. Rehab hurts. He’s trying to be ready for next year, hoping to be healthy the whole season, not just either the start or end of it.

    • Joe - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:05 AM

      After Adrian Gonzalez, this was the Boston lineup Sunday night:

      Lavarnway
      Saltalamacchia
      Podsednik
      Ciriaco
      Punto

      If that’s going to be 55% of the lineup even with Crawford playing, why not throw in the towel and try to hit 2013 as healthy as possible?

      • Joe - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:06 AM

        And if spelled all five of those names correctly, I deserve a gold star for today.

  8. annaalamode - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Why should a player play with that kind of pain? Especially if it seems to be (most likely) affecting his performance. It’s not like he’s leaving the surgery to January/February of 2013 just to screw with the team. He wants it done now so, presumably, he can stop playing badly and stop being in serious pain when 2013 rolls around.

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