The Boston Herald confirmed in a report on Monday that Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford will have Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. According to the report, the decision was made after Crawford spoke with the team’s medical staff earlier today.
Crawford has been suffering from what the team is calling a chronic left elbow ulnar collateral ligament tear. The pain has apparently not ceased; forcing Crawford to go under the knife.
The surgery is set to take place on Thursday of this week and will be performed by Dr. James Andrews. Initial reports surfaced on Sunday night indicating that the surgery would take place on Tuesday. However, the Red Sox confirmed today in the Boston Herald report that the surgery will in fact happen on Thursday.
This news of course, means that the Red Sox left fielder will be shelved for the rest of 2012. This comes at a bad time for his fantasy owners and the Red Sox. Crawford was making strides since his return to the club on July 17th. This is a major setback for Crawford and one that could linger into the beginning of next season.