Red Sox to decide Monday on surgery for Crawford

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Red Sox plan to decide Monday whether left fielder Carl Crawford will have season-ending surgery on his left elbow.

Crawford has been playing with pain since coming off the disabled list last month. He has said he’s been told he will need Tommy John surgery at some point to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm.

Boston manager Bobby Valentine and general manager Ben Cherington said Sunday the team will speak with Crawford and doctors on Monday, an off day for the Red Sox. If he has the ligament-replacement surgery, it’s estimated Crawford could return to the lineup six to nine months later.