Friday, July 13, 2012

Crawford Can "Hit The Cut-Off Man" With Injury

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Over the last several days, we've seen a plethora of conflicting stories about Red Sox left-fielder Carl Crawford. He's progressing in rehab. He's had a set-back in rehab. He needs Tommy John Surgery. He will at some point down the road need the surgery. He'll be in the Red Sox line-up Monday night. They "hope" he'll be in the Red Sox line-up Monday night. He has vision problems. He can see fine. But, perhaps most troubling of all is a little line that appeared buried in a story by the Globe's Peter Abraham—and is confirmed by anyone who watched last night's PawSox-Bisons game on NESN. The torn ligament in Carl Crawford's elbow restricts him to the point that he can only hit the cut-off man on throws from the outfield. So, why is even bothering to come back? Are we supposed to accept the idea of conceding runs on base hits to left field without any plays at the plate for the remainder of the year? The Red Sox should just bite the bullet, make Crawford undergo Tommy John now, and bring him back when he can actually play his position.