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Carl Crawford puts off surgery

Updated: July 8, 2012, 8:39 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford said Sunday he gave some thought to having surgery to repair the sprained ligament in his left elbow, but elected to try to play instead.

"I thought about it," he said, "but at this point if I can play, I think they want me on the field, so I'm just trying to do everything I can to get back on the field."

As to whether it is best for him to play now, he said: "Right now, I feel if I couldn't help the team, I wouldn't get out there. ...

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