From Comcast SportsNetBOSTON (AP) -- Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford has had season-ending surgery on his left elbow.The procedure to replace the torn ulnar collateral ligament in Crawford's throwing arm was performed Thursday by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. The Red Sox said they expect Crawford to make a full recovery, estimated to take six to nine months.Crawford, who could be ready by spring training, is in the second season of a seven-year, 142 million contract with Boston. He hit. 282 with three homers and 19 RBIs after batting .255 with 11 homers and 56 RBIs last year.He missed the first 89 games this season while recovering from left wrist surgery, then hurt his elbow in April while rehabbing. He came off the disabled list July 16.
Instead of starting the season with eight relievers, the Red Sox may opt to have knuckleballer Steven Wright take Joe Kelly's place in the rotation if Kelly starts the year on the DL.