Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/19/12

Carl Crawford, the oft-injured and underperforming outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, reportedly will follow the team's advice for his ailing left elbow, his agent said Sunday.

"Carl intends to follow the course recommended by the medical professionals who have been treating him, in whom he has full confidence," agent Brian Peters wrote to the Boston Herald. "Whether and when he has surgery will be determined by them. The Red Sox have been and remain 100 percent supportive of Carl throughout this process."

On Saturday, the Boston Globe cited an unnamed source who said Crawford would soon ask permission to have Tommy John surgery on his torn elbow ligament. The surgery would likely sideline Crawford for at least nine months.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Saturday that Crawford hasn't told the team he wanted surgery. Crawford was unavailable for comment Saturday.

"He hasn't asked about that," Cherington said. "Carl is playing through an elbow injury. He's been trying to help the team win. It's a situation we're monitoring. We're in close contact with him, and we'll continue to talk to him and determine a course that's best for him and the team. There's nothing more to it right now."

Crawford, who signed a seven-year $142 million free-agent contract prior to last season, was hitting 287 with three home runs and 19 RBI through 29 games. After having off-season wrist surgery, he didn't make his season debut until July 19 with elbow, groin and hamstring injuries.

He was diagnosed in April with a torn ulnar ligament in his left elbow by Dr. James Andrews, who suggested immediate Tommy John surgery. The Red Sox and Crawford reportedly have clashed on his diagnosis since then.

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