Valentine: Surgery for Crawford not a certainty

Valentine: Surgery for Crawford not a certainty

NEW YORK -- Following Saturday's somewhat controversial day off, left fielder Carl Crawford was back in Boston's lineup for Sunday night's finale against the Yankees, batting second.

Valentine stated that he sat Crawford on Saturday because the medical staff wants the left fielder to get a rest after playing roughly four games in a row. Crawford said that Saturday morning was the first he had heard of it.

Crawford has said a couple of times that he will need Tommy John ligament transfer surgery in his left elbow as soon as his 2012 season ends.

But there seems to be some confusion about that also.

"Well, once again, and I heard what Carl said, I've never been told that he needs an operation," Valentine said. "I don't think that's a definitive situation."

In his Saturday session with reporters, Crawford noted that his elbow hurts every day. However, that doesn't mean he wants the days off prescribed by the medical staff.

"I would think that would give you guys a better understanding of why the medical staff thinks he should be rested every periodic time," Valentine said. "But it's a very simple thing. It bothers him, and you don't want it to get to the point where it's intolerable. It made sense to me. And we're hoping that it's going to hurt less and bother him less, and that's why we have a prescribed program."