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Carl Crawford had no choice

Tommy John surgery was inevitable, but timing could be debated

Updated: August 21, 2012, 12:49 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- There is no second-guessing Carl Crawford's decision to undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. David Ortiz nailed it Sunday night when he said, "Nobody has Tommy John because it's fun. Tommy John is a tough process."

There is more room to debate whether the Boston Red Sox erred in taking the more conservative route instead of opting for surgery earlier, since it now means Crawford for the second straight season will not be healthy in spring training and could open ...

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