|Cherington: Crawford hasn’t requested Tommy John surgery||08.18.12 at 3:28 pm ET|
NEW YORK — Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, in response to a report by Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that outfielder Carl Crawford would soon ask the Sox for permission to undergo Tommy John surgery on his torn left ulnar collateral ligament next week, said that the outfielder has yet to make such a request to the team. At this point, the GM said, the team is “monitoring” his health while remaining in close contact with the outfielder to “determine a course that’s best for him and best for the team.”
Cherington declined to say whether Crawford’s elbow has gotten worse since his return from the DL last month.
“He’s got an injury that he’s been playing through and playing well, gutting it out to help the team,” said Cherington. “We’re monitoring it, keeping in touch with him, seeing how he’s doing with it an we’ll continue to do that .”
Cherington denied that surgery is an inevitability at this point.
“It’s not inevitable until it happens,” Cherington suggested. “We felt earlier in the summer that it was something that we had a chance to manage conservatively and Carl was on board for that. As I said, we’ll continue to monitor it and if it gets to the point where he feels it’s not something he can play with safely, we’ll consider that next step.”
Still, Cherington said that the team’s place in the standings would not influence its feelings about whether surgery or rehab was the right course.
“It’s going to be focused on him mostly. We’re not going to ask a player to go out there if they’re having symptoms that don’t allow them to be who they are on the field. It’s not fair. It’s going to be a lot more about Carl than where the team is.”
Cherington suggested that the typical Tommy John recovery process for a position player is typically seven to nine months, but varies on a case-by-case basis. In 29 games since coming off the DL at the start of the second half, Crawford is hitting .287/.313/.500/.813 with three homers and four steals.
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