Time for Crawford to go under

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Time for Crawford to go under

Hey now. Hope everyone had a great weekend, or at the very least, a better weekend than the Red Sox. Then again, even poor Tony Scott had a better weekend than Bobby V's boys; the bar isn't set very high.

But on the brightside, with 38 games left and the Sox 7.5 games back in the Wild Card, David Ortiz is finally seeing the light! And not to be outdone, John Lackey's progressing in his rehab from Tommy John surgery! The front office is currently deciding whether to have Lackey make a couple starts in September or just individually kick every Red Sox fan in the groin. Stay tuned.

Speaking of Tommy John, the big story today will no doubt be Carl Crawford, who's set to meet with the Sox this afternoon and decide once and for all whether to have surgery on his ailing elbow. According to the reports, Crawford probably will elect to have surgery (most likely tomorrow), and in the process close the curtain on his 2012 season.

The final tally: 31 games, .282 AVG, .785 OPS, three homers, 19 RBI, 22 Ks, three walks and five stolen bases. Or if you want to break it down another way, that's roughly 161K per game, 1.7M per home run and 2M per stolen base.

Not a bad deal, Carl.

But despite his latest wildly disappointing season, I don't think anyone has an issue with Crawford going under the knife. In fact, most of us wonder why it took so long. I mean, you can understand why Crawford wanted to delay things a little bit; you admire the fact that he genuinely feels bad about how his time with the Sox has gone and wants to do everything he can to make up for it. But it's obvious that we've reached the point where the best way for Crawford to make up for these last two seasons is to do everything he can to be ready for next season. To get this elbow taken care of and once again try to start fresh.

According to Sean McAdam, Tommy John recovery times for position players range from 7-9 months, which would put Crawford on track to be ready right around April. Actually, it puts Crawford on track to be ready by next August, but hopefully this time around he'll recover at a more reasonable rate. Either way, I don't think you'll hear anyone make a stink about Crawford shutting it down.

I don't think there'd be a problem if anyone wanted to shut it down. Papi? Beckett? Ellsbury? A-Gon? I don't care who it is. If you don't feel like playing, take a seat, and let's unleash the farm on Fenway for the rest of the year. Bring up Jackie Bradley, Jose Iglesias and Matt Barnes. I know Xander Boegarts is all of seven years old but bring him up, too.

I know the owners might be worried about people losing interest, but I guarantee fans would be more interested than they are right now. And who cares? After all, no matter how many people show up to Fenway, you know it still counts as a sell out.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

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.