Crawford’s year over
Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford will have season-ending surgery on his left elbow.
The Red Sox issued a statement Monday saying the left fielder will have Tommy John surgery Thursday.
Crawford has been playing with pain since coming off the disabled list last month. He was a major disappointment last season, his first with Boston after signing a $142-million, seven-year contract. He missed the first 89 games this season while recovering from left wrist surgery.
He partially tore his elbow ligament in April while rehabbing, slowing his return. Crawford was activated from the disabled list July 16 and was batting .282 with three homers and 19 RBIs.
He is expected to be sidelined six to nine months.
Pineda cited for DUI
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been charged with drunken driving in Tampa, Fla.
Hillsborough County jail records show that the 23-year-old right-hander was arrested shortly after 3 a.m. Monday. He was released on $500 bail.
Pineda went to the Yankees in the offseason trade that sent catcher Jesus Montero to Seattle. Pineda remained in Tampa at the Yankees’ spring training facility after hurting his shoulder in March and has not pitched in a game this season.
Santana may be out
Johan Santana is going to have a MRI on his back, and his scheduled start Thursday might be in jeopardy.
The Mets had said that Santana had some back stiffness but that it was not an issue, and that the left-hander’s next start could be his final outing of the season.
But following New York’s 3-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies, manager Terry Collins said Santana tightened up after his bullpen session, and doctors wanted to examine him further.
Red Sox fire coach
The Boston Red Sox have fired pitching coach Bob McClure and replaced him with Randy Niemann for the rest of the season.
The slumping Red Sox have lost 12 of 18 games this month to fall off the pace in the competitive A.L. East. Boston’s 4.30 team ERA was 11th in the American League heading into Monday’s games.
The 60-year-old McClure became the pitching coach in December. He also spent six seasons in the same position with the Kansas City Royals.
The left-hander was 68-57 with 52 saves and a 3.81 ERA in 19 seasons in the majors.
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