Bad news for those of us looking for Carl Crawford to come back to the team and ease its outfield troubles. Crawford was in Boston on Monday for evaluation, but is now looking to get a second opinion. The Herald has the scoop:
“We’re still getting all the information,” Valentine said. “His elbow is a situation that we really want to deal with sooner rather than later to make sure it’s fine before he starts throwing.”
Initially, before the elbow soreness developed, the Red Sox believed Crawford would miss the season’s first few weeks but possibly be ready to play by May 1. Now, it seems that timeline will be pushed back.
“It’s always serious, the way I look at it,” Valentine said. “But it doesn’t seem major.”
It may not seem major to Bobby V, but it certainly doesn't sound good to me. The first thing we heard with his wrist was that he might begin the year on the DL and miss a couple weeks. Then it was pushed back to May 1st as the expected return date.
Then the elbow cropped up. Now May 1st has no chance, and his rehab play (which had been going well at the plate) has been sidetracked.
I don't remember Carl having this many injury troubles in Tampa. But that's probably because he was, you know, younger. Only six more years of this to deal with.