Report: Crawford to ask Red Sox about Tommy John surgery

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Report: Crawford to ask Red Sox about Tommy John surgery

UPDATE 3:00pm:

The time may be now for Carl Crawford to have Tommy John surgery, at least he feels that way.

According to a report by Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox outfielder will ask the team to allow him to have Tommy John surgery next week.

Source: Carl Crawford is planning to ask the RedSox to allow him to have Tommy John surgery next week. Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) August 18, 2012
Crawford has said numerous times that the surgery is inevitable. It remains to be seen if the team will allow him to undergo the procedure.

Since returning from the disabled list, Crawford has hit .287 with 3 home runs and 19 RBI for the Red Sox.

UPDATE 3:00pm:

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told the media that Crawford hasn't talked to him yet about possibly having surgery.

Cherington said Crawford hasn't talked to team about TJ surgery: "He's trying to help the team. It's a situation we're monitoring." Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) August 18, 2012
He also made it clear that the team's performance has nothing to do when Crawford will undergo the surgery.

Cherington added that team's standing won't impact decision on TJ surgery w Crawford; player's well being will be only factor. RedSoxTalk Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) August 18, 2012

Shaughnessy: Red Sox have a chance to flip this around

Shaughnessy: Red Sox have a chance to flip this around

Mike Felger and Dan Shaughnessy discuss the Boston Red Sox bouncing back from their slump with a win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

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Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 8-2 win over Tampa Bay

 

QUOTES

"I can't say enough about the way our position players have continued to grind away. . . Tonight was just another example of that.'' - John Farrell.

"He's been everything that we could have hoped. You look to a starting pitcher to go out and be consistent every fifth day -- he's been a model of that for us.'' - Farrell on Rick Porcello.

"It's nice to come back with a statement game tonight. The past couple of week haven't been good for us, so it was nice to get back on the right track tonight.'' - Travis Shaw.

"Preventing them from scoring first was big and then limiting the big inning. The fourth inning was a grind. I dug myself a hole and had to find a way out of it.'' - Rick Porcello.

 

NOTES

* Rick Porcello became the first Red Sox starter to record a win since David Price beat Seattle on Jume 19.

* Porcello is unbeaten over his last eight starts, going 3-0 with five no-decisions.

* Porcello had gone 19 straight starts without allowing more than two walks, the longest such streak for a Red Sox starter since Curt Schilling went 33 in a row.

* The Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and are one of two teams (Cleveland is the other) to not have lost four straight this season.

* Boston has a major league-leading 22 games in which it has scored eight or more runs.

* The first six hitters in the Red Sox lineup were 11-for-24, while the bottom three were a combined 0-for-13.

* Travis Shaw's home run was measured at 449 feet, the second-longest homer by a Red Sox player this season.

* In one night, Travis Shaw had more RBI (five) than he had in his previous 27 games (four).

* David Ortiz tied Frank Thomas in career RBI (1,704); both are in 23rd place.

 

STARS

1) Travis Shaw

Shaw belted out three hits -- including his first homer in the month of June -- and knocked in five RBI, tying a career high.

2) Rick Porcello

In a perfect world, Porcello would have gone a little deeper, but kept the Rays off the scoreboard early and helped set the tone for the night.

3) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez reached base five times with two hits -- both singles -- and three walks - one intentional - and seemed to be in the middle of every Red Sox rally.