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Carl Crawford wants surgery

Updated: August 19, 2012, 3:03 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

NEW YORK -- According to two people with close ties to Carl Crawford, the left fielder is reluctant to tell the Boston Red Sox he would like to shut down playing and have surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow because he is afraid of how that will be perceived -- by his teammates, by management, and not least, by Red Sox fans, who already were underwhelmed by his performance in 2011, his first season in Boston after signing a seven-year, $142 million contract.

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