(LOS ANGELES) — Former Boston Red Sox Outfielder Carl Crawford is expressing regret over waiting until July to have reconstructive elbow surgery because he felt the pressure to play for the team as fast as possible.
Crawford was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers about a month after he underwent Tommy John surgery. He said he experienced elbow discomfort as early as April, but the pressure of playing in Boston got the best of him.
“I tried to push a little bit,” Crawford said. “With the Boston Fans, you’ve got to try. A big deal was made about my money and stuff, so I tried to prove it and play for the team. Maybe I shouldn’t have done that, I should have taken care of myself when the doctor told me to.”
Crawford singed a seven-year deal with the Red Sox worth $142 million prior to the start of the 2011 season. In his first season in Boston, Crawford hit just .255 and had one of the worst seasons of his career. In 2012, Crawford played in just 31 games.
The Dodgers hope that Crawford can rejoin the team sometime in April or May.
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