The Boston Red Sox ended the speculation about the potential Tommy John surgery for outfielder Carl Crawford on Monday. Crawford will have the surgery on Thursday, the team announced in a statement:
Carl Crawford has a chronic left elbow ulnar collateral ligament tear. While he has been following a conservative treatment protocol and playing with this injury, his symptoms are getting worse. After consultation with the Boston Red Sox medical staff and with Dr. James Andrews, the decision has been made to proceed with a left elbow ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John surgery). The surgery will be performed by Dr. Andrews on Thursday, August 23. We expect Carl to make a full recovery.
Crawford has been limited by injuries to just 31 games for the Red Sox this season. In those games, he's hit .282 with three home runs and 19 RBI.