Crawford Season Over; Undergoes Surgery Thursday

BOSTON (AP) _ Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford will have season-ending surgery on his left elbow.

The Red Sox issued a statement Monday saying the left fielder will have Tommy John surgery Thursday.

Crawford has been playing with pain since coming off the disabled list last month. He was a major disappointment last
season, his first with Boston after signing a $142-million, seven-year contract. He missed the first 89 games this season while recovering from left wrist surgery.

He partially tore his elbow ligament in April while rehabbing, slowing his return. Crawford was activated from the disabled list July 16 and was batting .282 with three homers and 19 RBIs.

He is expected to be sidelined six to nine months.

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