NEW YORK -- Though it has been widely assumed that Carl Crawford will undergo Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, perhaps even before the end of this season, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said that nothing has been decided.
Cherington spoke to reporters on Saturday, shortly after Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe tweeted, according to a source, that Crawford will ask to undergo surgery next week.
"He hasn't asked about that," Cherington said. "Carl's playing through an elbow injury. He's been trying to help the team win. It's a situation we're monitoring. We've been in close contact with him. We'll continue to talk to him and determine a course that's best for him and the team. There's nothing more than that right now."
Once again, Crawford was in manager Bobby Valentine's starting lineup against the Yankees on Saturday afternoon, batting second and playing left field.
While Crawford has been one of Boston's best hitters in recent days, Cherington was asked if the injury has worsened since the left fielder came off the disabled list.
"I'm not going to get into detail on the nature of the injury," Cherington said. "He's got an injury that he's been playing through and playing well, and gutting it out to help the team. Again, we're monitoring it, we're keeping in touch with him and seeing how he's doing with it. We'll continue to do that and focus on what's best for him and the team."
Cherington also downplayed the notion that the timing of surgery for Crawford would be based on where the Red Sox are in the standings.
"It's going to be focused on him, mostly," Cherington said. "We're not going to ask a player to go out there [if] they're having symptoms that don't allow them to be who they want to be on the field. That's not fair. It's going to be a lot more about Carl and less about where the team is."
Isn't surgery for Crawford inevitable at this point?
"Well, it's not inevitable until it happens," Cherington said. "We felt earlier this summer that it was something we had a chance to manage conservatively, and Carl was on board for that. As I said, we'll continue to monitor it, and if it gets to the point where it's not something he feels he can play with safely, then we'll consider the next step. We haven't gotten to that point yet."
A pitcher is usually out a minimum of 11-12 months following Tommy John surgery. How about an outfielder?
"It's shorter," Cherington said. "I've heard anywhere from seven to nine months. It's case by case and depends on the individual."
The start of Crawford's season was delayed first by left wrist surgery, and then the elbow problem, which was diagnosed as a sprained ulnar collateral ligament.
Crawford was activated on July 16, and entering Saturday's game, he was hitting .287 with three homers and 19 RBIs. Crawford leads the Major Leagues with 10 doubles and 13 extra-base hits in August.
Doubront Boston's 26th player placed on DL
NEW YORK -- Though the move was more of a maintenance issue than a serious injury, lefty Felix Doubront became the 26th Red Sox player this season to be placed on the disabled list when the move was made before Saturday's game against the Yankees.
Doubront has been dealing with some arm fatigue and a right knee contusion, and the move was made retroactive to Aug. 10.
That would set Doubront up for a return to the rotation in one week -- Aug. 25 at Fenway Park against the Royals.
By placing Doubront on the DL, the Red Sox were able to add another bat to the mix, bringing back Mauro Gomez from Triple-A Pawtucket.
At a time when David Ortiz is still on the DL with a strained right Achilles tendon, Gomez could offer the Red Sox some production.
Gomez, 27, hit .300 (9-for-30) for the Red Sox over nine games in his earlier stint this season. The International League All-Star is leading that league with 59 extra-base hits, a .589 slugging percentage and an average of 16.13 at-bats per home run.
Though third base -- and defense in general -- is hardly Gomez's strength, he did play a couple of games there earlier this season for Boston manager Bobby Valentine. That could come in handy now with Will Middlebrooks out for the rest of the season with a broken right wrist.
To Valentine, wins and losses trump all
NEW YORK -- In a bit of a humorous give-and-take with a New York writer on Saturday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was asked how he assesses other managers.
"I don't know," Valentine said. "I only manage. I'm not going to assess managers. That's for all you guys and other people. That's not my job."
If the writer's objective -- albeit indirectly -- was to get Valentine to critique his own performance, he ultimately got the quote he was looking for.
"As far as my job's concerned, whether I'm doing a good job, I'm not doing a good job," Valentine said. "I didn't get paid to do anything other than get to the playoffs, win a lot of games, be in the thick of things right down to the end, even be in first place. The team I'm managing is not there. My job has not been a good job, if I had to assess. But that's not what I do. It's not my job [to assess]."
Valentine's Red Sox entered Saturday's game at Yankee Stadium with a 58-62 record, trailing the Yankees by 13 1/2 games in the American League East and 6 1/2 games off the pace in the AL Wild Card standings.