BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Red Sox have announced that outfielder Carl Crawford will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left elbow.

The Red Sox issued the following statement on Monday:

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“Carl Crawford has a chronic left elbow ulnar collateral ligament tear. While he has been following a conservative treatment protocol and playing with this injury, his symptoms are getting worse. After consultation with the Boston Red Sox medical staff and with Dr. James Andrews, the decision has been made to proceed with a left elbow ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John surgery). The surgery will be performed by Dr. Andrews on Thursday, August 23. We expect Carl to make a full recovery.”

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Crawford had a .282 average, 19 RBI and 3 home runs in 31 games this season.

The Red Sox open a series with the LA Angels at Fenway Park on Tuesday.

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