Red Sox, Crawford to meet Monday regarding Tommy John surgery

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Red Sox, Crawford to meet Monday regarding Tommy John surgery

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox will use an off-day in the schedule Monday to convene a meeting with Carl Crawford that will likely determine whether the outfielder will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Crawford has been saying for week that he will eventually have to undergo surgery to repair a sprained ulnar collateral ligament. The elbow injury forced him to miss the entire first half of the season.

On Saturday, the Boston Globe reported that Crawford would go to the team this week to seek permission to undergo the procedure. Crawford has not made himself available for comment since that report.

"We'll circle up tomorrow," said Cherington. "We'll talk to him again and look at all the available information again and try work with him to figure out the right path for us. He's played a lot and it's a real injury, so I'm sure he's feeling it.

"It's a question of symptoms and whether or not he can continue to play at a high level if we treat it conservatively. So far, that's been our focus, our effort and that's what he wanted to do."

As he said Saturday, Cherington said the Sox won't allow the team's spot in the playoff race or the standings to dictate what they do.

"I think we have to focus mostly on what Carl needs and what's right for him," Cherington said. "This is a real injury he's playing with so we've got to take it seriously. So that's got to take precedent. I think he's certainly been playing and playing through an injury because the team is trying to win games and try to stay in this thing.

"But when it comes to decision, we've got to focus on what's best for Carl."

The Sox are trying to balance the value of having him available for the final six weeks or getting the procedure done now so that he can return sooner next season. The expected recovery time for a position player is anywhere from seven to nine months.

"I don't know that there's a clear answer to that," said Cherington. "I think that's why we need to focus the decision on what's best for Carl, listen to him and look at all the available information and figure out if this is something that needs to be fixed surgically or whether he can continue to play on it the way he has been."

Since mid-season, Cherington has at times refuted Crawford's belief that surgery is inevitable, citing other position players with sprained UCLs who avoided the procedure and strengthened the ligament through other methods.

But Sunday, it sounded as though Cherington is resigned to that fact.

"We were always hopeful we could avoid surgery," he said. "Now we're further ahead (in the process). We are where we are today. I think we have enough information that we can get together with him (Monday) and try to make it a decision for the rest of the year."

Cherington added that he didn't "expect he'll need another (medical) opinion. I expect all the voices have been heard. We know what the issue is. It's just a matter of listening to him and getting (the medical) staff's input."

Red Sox' seven-run rally in seventh keys 9-4 win over Rangers

Red Sox' seven-run rally in seventh keys 9-4 win over Rangers

BOSTON -- Chris Sale was perfectly happy to sit back and watch the Red Sox hitters do the work this time.

Sale cruised into the fifth inning, then was rewarded in the seventh when the Boston batters erupted for seven runs on their way to a 9-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season.

But he didn't seem to mind.

"It was fun," said the left-hander, who received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than while he was in any other game this season. "You get run after run, hit after hit. When we score like that, it's fun."

Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more as the Red Sox turned a 3-1 deficit into a five-run lead and earned their third straight victory. Sam Travis had two singles for the Red Sox in his major league debut.

"I was a little nervous in the first inning," he said. "I'd be lying to you guys if I said I wasn't."

Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.

FOR SALE

Sale, who also struck out 10 or more batters in eight straight games in 2015 with the White Sox, remains tied for the season record with Pedro Martinez. (Martinez had 10 straight in a span from 1999-2000.)

After scoring four runs in support of Sale in his first six starts, the Red Sox have scored 27 while he was in the game in his last five. He took a no-hitter into the fifth, but finished with three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings.

"Guys pulled through for me when I was probably pretty mediocre," he said.

NO RELIEF

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter.

"Martin threw the ball really well and I came in with two guys on and couldn't get an out," Dyson said. "Sometimes they hit them where they are, and sometimes they hit them where they aren't."

Asked if he felt any different, he said: "Everything's the same.

"If I get my (expletive) handed to me, it's not like anything's wrong," he said. "Any more amazing questions from you all?"

SEVEN IN THE SEVENTH

It was 3-1 until the seventh, when Andrew Benintendi and Travis singled with one out to chase Perez. Mitch Moreland singled to make it 3-2, pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge singled to tie it and, after Mookie Betts was intentionally walked to load the bases, Moreland scored on a wild pitch to give Boston the lead.

Pedroia singled in two more runs, Xander Bogaerts doubled and Hanley Ramirez was intentionally walked to load the bases. Dyson was pulled after walking Chris Young to force in another run.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx got Benintendi to pop up foul of first base, but Napoli let it fall safely - his second such error in the game. Benintendi followed with a sacrifice fly that made it 8-3 before Travis was called out on strikes to end the inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor was shaken up when he dived for Betts' grounder up the middle in the third inning. He was slow getting up. After being looked at by the trainer, he remained in the game.

Red Sox: LHP David Price made his second rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket, allowing six runs - three earned - seven hits and a walk. He struck out four in 3 2/3 innings, throwing 89 pitches, 61 for strikes, and left without addressing reporters. 3B Pablo Sandoval also played in the game, going 2 for 4 with two runs.

"He felt fine physically," said Red Sox manager John Farrell, who added he would talk to Price on Thursday morning to determine how to proceed. "We had a scout there who liked what he saw."

UP NEXT:

Rangers: Will send RHP Nick Martinez (1-2) to the mound in the finale of the three-game series.

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (3-3) looks to snap a personal two-game losing streak.

David Price dodges media after second rough rehab start

David Price dodges media after second rough rehab start

If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.

The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.

As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.

Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard. 

PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.

On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.

Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.