The Red Sox announced Thursday night that Carl Crawford was diagnosed with a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.
The team says a "conservative treatment protocol was recommended," so Crawford will attempt to rehab the injury rather than have surgery. He was given a platelet rich plasma injection and will be shut down from baseball activity during the initial phase of his rehab. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported earlier in the evening Thursday that Crawford could miss as much as three months, but the team's announcement did not include a timetable. However, they will be without him for an extended period of time.