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Are Sox stuck in Crawford mess?

If ailing LF Carl will eventually need elbow surgery, perhaps the time is now

Updated: July 8, 2012, 4:15 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- It is not a question of whether Carl Crawford will have Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his left elbow. It is a question of when, although the Red Sox still dispute that notion.

Crawford told ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald a couple of days ago that if he can't handle the pain in the elbow, he'll "probably" have surgery to repair a sprained ulnar collateral ligament after the season. He has told friends, a baseball source said Saturday, that doctors have told him he will ...

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