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

Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday, ESPNBoston.com reported Sunday, based on information from a source.

However, the report also said Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said a decision on a course of action for Crawford had not yet been made.

The surgery would be performed to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in Crawford's left elbow, and it would sideline him for about eight months.

Red Sox officials had said earlier Sunday they planned to meet with Crawford and the Red Sox's medical staff on Monday to make a decision on whether Crawford should have surgery and when it would be performed.

Crawford played left field and batted second in Sunday night's series finale against the Yankees.

According to the ESPNBoston.com report, two people close to the situation, said Crawford was hesitant to tell the team he wanted the surgery (and thus be shut down for the rest of the season) because of the perception it might create regarding his willingness to play.

In an email to the Boston Herald on Saturday night, Crawford's agent said the left fielder would follow the advice of the Red Sox medical staff.

"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 said. "Whether and when he has surgery will be determined by them. The Red Sox have been and remain 100 percent supportive of Carl throughout the process."

Crawford underwent wrist surgery in January, causing him to open the season on the disabled list. While rehabbing, he hurt his elbow. He missed the team's first 89 games and returned on July 17. Before Sunday's action, Crawford was batting .283 with three homers in 30 games this season.

Crawford said Dr. James Andrews told him that he would require Tommy John surgery, but Cherington and manager Bobby Valentine have said surgery was not necessarily required.

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