MLB — 20 August 2012
Carl Crawford to Undergo Tommy John Surgery

I’m baffled by this. Carl Crawford barely played the past two season, and he doesn’t throw the ball a great deal. Why does he need Tommy John surgery? From counting the money he “stole” from Boston? But I’m not mad at you, Carl. Cut the check!

Carl Crawford will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery on Thursday, the Red Sox have just announced.

The decision was reached today after Crawford met with the Red Sox’ medical staff to discuss his condition. Crawford has been playing with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. According to a source close to Crawford, the left fielder didn’t want to give the appearance that he was bailing on the Red Sox by opting for surgery, but he also believes the procedure is necessary in order for him to play without pain.

The Red Sox have released the following statement:

“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.”

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