MINNEAPOLIS — Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford will be getting a second opinion on his injured left elbow from Dr. James Andrews.
Manager Bobby Valentine said on Tuesday night that Crawford would be getting a second opinion and ESPN's Buster Olney reported today that it would be coming from Andrews.
Valentine was evasive in talking about the injury other than to say he didn't think it was "anything major." One of Crawford's agents, Brian Peters, did not return messages seeking comment.
Crawford is on the disabled list recovering from surgery on his left wrist. The elbow became an issue a few weeks ago and he was checked out in Boston and found to have what the Red Sox called a "strain."
“He’s been a little concerned about his elbow, so he’s probably going to get a second opinion,” Valentine said. “He’s feeling so good with his hitting and his wrist right now that he doesn’t want to have any setbacks.”
Crawford has been playing in extended spring training games in Florida, but only as the DH.
Crawford, 30, was on the disabled list from June 18 to July 18 last season. The wrist surgery was in January, his condition flaring up when he started to hit. Crawford initially made speedy progress in spring training before aggravating the wrist and being shut down for 10 days.
Crawford is in the second year of a seven-year, $142 million contract. He had the worst season of his career in 2011, hitting .255/.289/.405 with only 18 stolen bases.
At the end of spring training, the Red Sox hoped that Crawford would return sometime in May. That is growing increasingly unlikely.