The headline is chilling. Dr. James Andrews. He wears all black and drives a hearse. The back is filled with ligaments and labrums. He's like the dude from Phantasm. And now Carl Crawford, whose elbow is still hurting, is going to see Dr. Andrews. /lightning flashes
Carl Crawford, still experiencing soreness in left elbow, will visit Dr. James Andrews soon. Exact date not known. #RedSoxTalk— Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) April 25, 2012
Not that long ago, the news was good on Crawford. He was finally set to play in some minor-league rehab games, hoping for a May return. But with the elbow still ailing, he's going to see Dr. Andrews and finally figure out what's going on.
A reminder: Tommy John surgeries aren't just the province of pitchers. Outfielders who have undergone the surgery include Matt Holliday, Shin-Soo Choo, and Brad Hawpe. The rehab time is usually shorter for position players, from to six to nine months, but any surgery would likely cost Crawford his season, which would mean two lost seasons out of the first two of a long, long contract.