Aug 18, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford (13) groundsi nto fielder's choice to second during the ninth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Boston won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Carl Crawford has almost certainly played his final game of the season for the Red Sox.
The team will decide Monday whether Crawford will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. Given the words general manager Ben Cherington used on Sunday, surgery seems inevitable.
Abraham adds that Crawford could undergo surgery as soon as Wednesday, saying the procedure would be conducted by Dr. James Andrews.
Cherington termed the injury "real," stating that the Red Sox have to "take it seriously." The GM also said that while Crawford’s been playing through the ailment, the team has to make a decision that focuses on "what’s best for Carl."
Crawford has said for several weeks that he believes surgery is necessary, but the Red Sox were hoping the procedure could be avoided.
The 31-year-old has hit .282/.306/.479 with ten doubles, two triples and three home runs over 117 at-bats with the Red Sox this season.
Should Crawford undergo surgery?