When the Los Angeles Dodgers made the blockbuster trade to bring Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto over from the Boston Red Sox, it was easy to forget that Carl Crawford was part of the deal. Crawford had recently been shut down for the season to undergo Tommy John surgery. He had been playing with a tear in his elbow for quite some time, but he and the Red Sox finally decided surgery was necessary. So the Dodgers acquired a player on the DL. Now, the question is whether he will be ready for next season. The answer appears to be yes.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times has been covering the offseason news and Carl Crawford's injury. He put Dodgers' fans minds at ease last night.
Colletti expects Carl Crawford to be ready for Opening Day, barring any setbacks. #Dodgers
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) November 13, 2012
When a position player undergoes Tommy John surgery, the recovery time is far less than that of a pitcher. Since pitchers must use their elbow on every pitch, they are usually out for 12-18 months. A position player is generally out for 6-8 months.
Crawford had a rough go of things in Boston. After the Red Sox signed him to a huge free agent deal, Crawford flopped. He hit .260/.292/.419 in 161 games over two seasons with the Red Sox. With Tampa Bay, he was a four-time All-Star and hit .296/.337/.444.
The Dodgers are hoping Crawford can return healthy and play like the player he was in Tampa.
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