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Source: Carl Crawford out 3 months

Updated: April 27, 2012, 12:42 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

The Boston Red Sox announced Thursday night that Carl Crawford has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his left (throwing) elbow, the injury that often results in Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery.

But rather than opt for surgery, the team said the outfielder will follow a protocol of more conservative treatment.

"It is what it is what it is," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Thursday night after Boston's 10-3 over the White Sox in Chicago. "We'll just let Mother ...

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