MINNEAPOLIS ó Carl Crawford has yet to be examined by Dr. James Andrews, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said today. That visit is expected to come in the next day or two.
General manager Ben Cherington said the injury is more of sprain than tendinitis. But others in the organization are concerned that it could be something worse.
"I havenít heard any reason that thereís surgery, a surgical procedure being necessary. I havenít heard that. Hope not," Valentine said.
Crawford is on the disabled list recovering from wrist surgery. The elbow became an issue earlier this month and Crawford returned to Boston for an MRI. He was cleared to start hitting in extended spring training games, but was shut down from throwing.
ďThe only thing I heard is he hadnít been throwing in a couple of days and then he was shagging and he picked up a ball and kind of lobbed it in. He still felt something. Thatís what raised concern," Valentine said.
ďSometimes itís that you havenít thrown in a few days and you didnít warm up and you werenít expecting to throw and you throw. Itís not like heís gone out and tried to throw and said, ĎI canít throw.í I bet if this were the seventh game of the World Series and he had to advance it in, he could advance it forward.Ē
The visit to Andrews is apparently meant to confirm the original diagnosis.
ďItís a fact-finding mission, maybe thatís how Iíll categorize it,Ē Valentine said.