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|Posted: Wed Apr 25th, 2012 04:36 pm||
|Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford is going to see Dr. James Andrews to have the soreness in his left elbow checked out, a source told ESPN The Magazine senior baseball writer Buster Olney.
Crawford is out indefinitely and not close to returning to action, the source said.
Tuesday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Crawford would seek a second opinion on the elbow.
Crawford, who also had offseason wrist surgery, has taken some at-bats but has not played the field in extended spring training games. No timetable has been set for when he can resume throwing.
Crawford had returned to Florida on Tuesday night, where he has been rehabbing, Valentine said, after being examined in Boston earlier in the day.
Valentine said he had no other information on the condition of Crawford's elbow other than it was "sore." He added that the elbow remains a cause for concern.
"Until a guy is 100 percent, you always have concern," Valentine said.
At the start of spring training, before the elbow issue had surfaced, the most conservative estimates for when Crawford would be playing for the Red Sox was May 1.
The Red Sox outfield could use some reinforcement with center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury expected to miss six to eight weeks with a shoulder injury.
Crawford signed a seven-year, $142 million contract with the Red Sox before the 2011 season and had one of the worst years of his career, hitting .255 with 11 home runs and 18 stolen bases.