Statement from the Boston Red Sox regarding Carl Crawford

BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox issued the following statement today in regards to outfielder Carl Crawford:

“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.”