Crawford likely gone for the 2012 season

Unfortunately, it looks like the Sox will be Crawford-less for some time. Crawford was recently diagnosed with a unlar collateral ligament injury, according to Dr. James Andrews. A UCL is a tantamount to a minor tear of the ligament. If the tear happens to get worse, it could lead to Tommy John surgery which the Red Sox are all too familiar with because of the departures of Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lackey. Crawford was originally out for left wrist surgery and was expected back in the lineup a week or so after Opening Day; however, he has had elbow pain which has recently flared up. Other articles have stated he could be out for just three months (though that would leave only August and September and possibly October if the Sox reach the postseason), but if this gets worse the Sox will really be losing Crawford’s potential for quite a while. In addition, Ellsbury suffered a subluxation and is still expected to be out from 6-8 weeks.


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