Carl Crawford will have Tommy John surgery on Thursday. (Jared Wickerham / Getty…)
Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford will have season-ending Tommy John surgery on his left elbow Thursday, the Red Sox announced Monday.
Crawford had been playing with a tear in his left elbow's ulnar collateral ligament. His symptoms worsened, and he decided to go through with the surgery after a consultation with Dr. James Andrews.
The Red Sox left fielder struggled last year after signing a seven-year, $142-million contract. He partially tore his elbow ligament in April while rehabbing from wrist surgery that caused him to miss the first 89 games of the season.
He returned to the major league team July 16, and hit .282 with three home runs and 19 runs batted in in 31 games.
The Red Sox have only three players — Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Aviles — who have played more than 94 of the team's 122 games this season.
They are 13 1/2 games behind the first-place Yankees in the American League East, and 7 1/2 games back of a wild-card spot.
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