Posted 17 January 2012 - 08:41 PM
Calm the fuck down everyone. Since it appears that no one can be bothered to take a break from jumping to conclusions to find out the back story, here's a little tiny bit from the Extra Bases blog:
"Crawford felt soreness when he started his offseason hitting workouts around Jan. 1. He had an MRI that showed cartilage damage, and arthroscopic surgery was recommended. Crawford has had wrist issues in the past, but the discomfort had always passed. Having such pain at this time of the year was a red flag."
The Sox medical staff jumped on this immediately and recommended surgery. The OLD regime that was in place before the end of the season obviously didn't see a need for surgery, and presumably neither did Crawford, since we have no report of him seeking a second opinion. AND, since he seems to have had wrist issues in the past, there is absolutely no reason to think that surgery should have or could have been the first option. As Matt Clement of Alexandria said over on BBTF, team medical staffs don't just have to keep players healthy, they have to keep them insanely healthy for extended periods of time.