Crawford admits surgery on elbow possible at some point

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Crawford admits surgery on elbow possible at some point

BOSTON -- Left fielder Carl Crawford was pulled off his rehab assignment Saturday, when he suffered a mild left groin strain rounding second after hitting a triple playing for Double-A Portland Thursday.

Crawford downplayed the severity of the strain, saying the leg is finethe thing is I do that every year.

He expects to begin another rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Pawtucket.

But he did acknowledge there is a possibility he will need surgery at some point onhis left elbow which has kept on the disabled list since the start of the season.

Probably at some point, because its one of those deals. It is what it is, Crawford said. So probably at some point its going to go out on me.

Asked if he had thought about having surgery before the elbow goes out, Crawford replied:

Thought about it but at this point if I can play, I think they want me out on the field. So Im just trying to do everything I can to get back on the field.

Asked if that was best for him, Crawford replied:

Right now, I feel like if I couldnt help the team, I wouldnt get out there. So I think helping the team out right now is best for me.

Crawford has been told, if he does have the surgery the recovery time for a position player would be shorter than for that of a pitcher. Typically, a pitcher would need approximately 11 18 months to return from Tommy John surgery.

From what I heard its not that long, Crawford said. You dont have to wait as long. So I think the recovery time will be a little faster.

The elbow began bothering Crawford in spring training, as he was recovering from surgery in mid-January on his left wrist. He said he occasionally feels pain in the elbow.

It doesnt really hurt when I throw in action, he said. Its weird, its like when Im warming up its a little sore when Im warming up. But when Im in action and Im making a throw it actually doesnt bother me as much.

It doesnt bother him at all, he said, when he swings a bat.

No, it doesnt hurt at all when I swing a bat. So definitely if there was some pain now, I probably would have to sit down, he said.

Crawford said he may have to modify his throws from the outfield, throwing to a cut-off man rather than attempting any long throws. But, he acknowledged, that plan may be challenged when the heat of competition takes over.

Itll probably be best for me to throw it to the cut-off man, he said. But I cant say once I get in game action, and your competitiveness takes over and you want to make certain throws. I could say Im probably supposed to throw it to the cut-off man but at some time you still might try to make a certain throw.

Crawford is close, he said, to being able to make that test.

I feel like Im real close, he said. I feel good. Feel like I can help the team out and thats what Im going to try to do when I get back.

Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.