BOSTON (CBS) — The track for Carl Crawford to return to the Red Sox just took a major detour.
The left fielder will visit Dr. James Andrews for an examination of his left elbow, according to CSNNE’s Sean McAdam.
McAdam was a guest on Toucher & Rich on Wednesday morning, and he said the mere fact that Crawford is visiting Dr. Andrews is a bad sign.
“It certainly is ominous, is the word I used last night on Twitter, that Crawford is concerned enough about this, where we are in [late] April now, to go and get a second opinion on this,” McAdam said. “This guy hasn’t thrown a baseball yet. He’s taken some at-bats as a DH in extended spring, but he has not been cleared to work in the outfield in extended spring games.”
Crawford is currently in the second season of a seven-year, $142 million deal with the Red Sox. After hitting just .255 last season, he’s yet to have a chance to make amends this season. Based on a trip to Dr. Andrews, it could be a while before he gets that chance.
“Here he is asking to go see perhaps the most noted sports orthopedist in the country, and to me, that’s your proverbial red flag,” McAdam said. “You never want to hear Dr. James Andrews’ name attached to you when you’ve got some medical issue in the sports field.”
Crawford’s initial injury was in his wrist, for which he underwent surgery in January. He experienced some setbacks in his wrist recovery but has since been progressing normally. However, in the process he began experiencing elbow pain.
McAdam also discussed the mini-controversy that’s erupted regarding Daniel Bard’s comments about his temporary stint in the bullpen.
“I don’t think that what he said was that big a deal, frankly,” McAdam said.