(BOSTON) -- The Carl Crawford era in Boston hit another early bump in the road recently. The Red Sox announced that Crawford has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in this left elbow. As a result, Crawford will likely miss three months and possibly more.
This is the type of injury that usually results in Tommy John surgery, but Crawford will follow a more conservaive approach towards his treatment. Surgery is not an option for Crawford, for now.
"It is what it is what it is," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "We'll just let Mother Nature take the time to heal him up and get him back. I don't know how to explain it or put it into my thought. I wish he was 100 percent. Not playing for awhile is going to kill him more than it's killing me."
Crawford is in the second year of a seven-year $142 million contract that he signed with the team. In his first season in Boston, Crawford struggled, hitting .255 with 18 stolen bases and a .289 on base percentage.
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