Carl Crawford's health has kept him out of action.
Carl Crawford has not lived up to the hype since inking a seven-year, $142-million deal in December of 2010.
He hit .255 with 11 home runs, 56 RBI and just 18 stolen bases last season. Those uncharacteristic numbers look far better compared to this season—Crawford hasn't been healthy enough to play.
The 30-year-old has been held out with wrist, elbow and groin injuries. Yet according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Crawford will be making his season premiere on Monday, July 16.
Abraham reports that Crawford is not fully healthy and may need Tommy John surgery before next season. That said, the Houston, Texas native is going to give it a go.
This will be Crawford's next opportunity to prove his worth. His blazing speed on the base paths cannot be taught, but it remains to be seen if Crawford will be able to even get on base.
How Crawford plays from here on out will be critical for Boston. Daniel Nava has been admirable in left field and deserves a full-time job, but Crawford was a costly investment.