Carl Crawford Scheduled For Tommy John Surgery

Carl Crawford's season is over, the Boston Red Sox announced. He played in just 31 games this year due to injury and is scheduled for Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.

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Carl Crawford Will Have Tommy John Surgery

Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford will undergo Tommy John surgery on his injured left elbow Thursday.

There was previously some question as to when Crawford would have the surgery, but he reportedly wanted to undergo the surgery immediately to be ready for the start of next season, while the Red Sox wanted to delay surgery until after the season. The two sides were scheduled to meet Monday to make a final decision. Below is the official statement from the team following that meeting.

Carl Crawford has a chronic left elbow ulnar collateral ligament tear. While he has been following a conservative treatment protocol and playing with this injury, his symptoms are getting worse. After consultation with the Boston Red Sox medical staff and with Dr. James Andrews, the decision has been made to proceed with a left elbow ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John surgery). The surgery will be performed by Dr. Andrews on Thursday, August 23. We expect Carl to make a full recovery.

Crawford, who has played in just 31 games this season, was hitting .282 with three home runs and 19 RBI in his second season with the Red Sox.

For more on the Red Sox, check out Over The Monster and SBN Boston.

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Carl Crawford To Request Tommy John Surgery, According To Report

Carl Crawford is reportedly planning to ask the Red Sox to allow him to get Tommy John surgery.

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Carl Crawford Returns To Red Sox Lineup

Carl Crawford missed the first half with a myriad of problems, including elbow, wrist, and groin issues. The elbow is the most serious, as Crawford will likely need Tommy John surgery after the season. He indicated that the elbow could "pop" at any time, which can't be an especially reassuring feeling.

But Crawford is coming back on Monday, joining a cavalcade of familiar faces, like Jacoby Ellsbury and Kevin Youkilis in a Fenway return.

"I guess the only thing we'll be lacking," Cody Ross said, "is Elvis showing up. Which is highly possible."

SOURCE: RED SOX TRADE FOR ELVIS ANDRUS "HIGHLY POSSIBLE."

The last time we saw Carl Crawford on the field for the Boston Red Sox, he was missing a catch by an inch, which turned out to be one of the most direct reasons for the Red Sox missing the playoffs. And it's not like Crawford had a great season before that -- last year was one of the most miserable of his career, and it still ended ignominiously.

But it's the time of renewal. Players who had bad first halves can pretend there's some magic in the arbitrary midpoint in the season, and so can players who didn't have a first half.

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Carl Crawford Might Need Tommy John Surgery

Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford hasn’t stepped on a major-league field since his misplay of that sinking line drive in Baltimore last September helped cost his team a chance at a wild-card spot.

He’s been battling various injuries, including a strained groin during his current rehab assignment ... and now says he might need Tommy John surgery on the elbow problem that’s kept him out all year. Maureen Mullen:

"Probably at some point, because it’s one of those deals. It is what it is," Crawford said. "So probably at some point it’s going to go out on me."

Asked if he had thought about having surgery before the elbow goes out, Crawford replied:

"Thought about it but at this point if I can play, I think they want me out on the field. So I’m just trying to do everything I can to get back on the field."

Recovery time for a position player from TJ surgery is shorter than for a pitcher, but the cautionary tale for Crawford is Xavier Nady, who had TJ surgery in 2009 after a 25-homer, 97-RBI season with the Pirates in 2008. Nady hasn’t been anywhere close to the same player since.

For more on the Red Sox, please visit Over The Monster and SB Nation Boston.

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