The 2012 season for the Boston Red Sox was supposed to be all about redemption and turnaround. However, now it's about survival of the fittest.
The Red Sox opened spring training down two starters already with both Daisuke Matsuzake and John Lackey recovering from Tommy John surgery. Before camp broke, they lost new closer Andrew Bailey to thumb surgery, and just a few games into the regular season, Jacoby Ellsbury, last year's AL MVP runner-up, went down with a shoulder dislocation.
In addition, one of last year's prized free agent acquisitions, left fielder Carl Crawford, was already on the shelf at the beginning of the season after wrist surgery in January. Crawford began working his way back through extended spring training, but started experiencing soreness in his left elbow two weeks ago.
So, if all that news wasn't depressing enough for Red Sox fans, it's now being reported that Crawford will seek a second opinion after returning to Boston to have his elbow examined on Tuesday morning.
According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com:
Carl Crawford, still experiencing soreness in left elbow, will visit Dr. James Andrews soon. Exact date not known. #RedSoxTalk— Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) April 25, 2012
ESPN's Buster Olney confirmed Crawford's upcoming visit as well:
Carl Crawford's lingering elbow trouble means he is not close to coming back; he's had pain only when he throws. Going to see Dr. Andrews.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) April 25, 2012
Crawford's targeted date for return was May 1, however, that certainly seems to be in jeopardy at this point.
At least one fan pointed out that visits to Dr. Andrews never seem to end well in terms of good news:
According to Sox beat reporter and ESPNBoston writer Gordon Edes, GM Ben Cherington said that Crawford was seeing progress, but pain was lingering.
Cherington says "likely" Crawford to see Dr James Andrews. Elbow "improving but still sore"— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) April 25, 2012
We will continue to provide updates on this developing story as news breaks, so check back regularly.