NEW YORK -- While a decision about Carl Crawford's elbow will not be made until Monday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine -- after his outfielder went 1-for-4 with a ninth-inning single -- acknowledged that the concern about his elbow has been mounting.
"I don’t know about the decision. We’re going to circle up tomorrow and [see] what that whole thing is going to be," Valentine said. "Carl’s given it everything he has. From everything I gather, the elbow situation is kind of trending in the wrong way. If that’s the case, I guess a decision will be made one way or another."
A meeting between Crawford and Red Sox officials has been scheduled for Monday, a team off-day, to determine the proper course of action for the 31-year-old. Crawford has been playing with a sprianed ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. Despite "gutting it out" (in the words of general manager Ben Cherington) and playing through pain, Crawford offered the Sox production in 31 games since his return shortly after the All-Star break, hitting .282 with a .306 OBP, .479 slugging mark and .785 OPS.
"He’s probably going to undergo the surgery, right? That’s not good. But you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to be ready to go next year, right?" teammate David Ortiz said. "You’ve got to take care of yourself. If you’re injured, you’re injured. Nobody is getting Tommy John just because it’s fun. Tommy John is a tough process. If he needs one, he really needs one. If I were him, I would do exactly what he’s doing, take care of it and life continues."
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