According to Sean McAdam on twitter, Carl Crawford may have to pay a visit to Dr. James Andrews to have his ailing elbow checked out.
Crawford, the proud owner of a seven year deal signed in December of 2010 for $142 million with the Red Sox, had surgery in January to clean up cartilage in his wrist, an injury he dealt with for most of the 2011 season. After being cleared for extended spring training games two weeks ago, Crawford experienced soreness in his left elbow, serving only as a designated hitter.
His terrible .255/.289/.405 slash line in 2011 also came with an unexpected 18 stolen bases, the second worst total of his major-league career. He posted a fWAR of 0.2 in 2011, after a 7.6 fWAR in 2010 with the Rays.
You may just see a little more of the Marlon Byrd, Darnell McDonald, Cody Ross, Ryan Sweeney and Jason Repko conglomerate in the Boston outfield in 2012.