Bosox's Crawford done

Carl Crawford rounds third base on his way home off a double by Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red...

Carl Crawford rounds third base on his way home off a double by Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Progressive Field on August 12, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP)

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, Last Updated: 7:00 PM ET

Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford will have season-ending elbow surgery Thursday, the team announced Monday.

Crawford, who has been playing with a tear in his left ulnar collateral ligament, will have Tommy John surgery and likely be out seven to nine months. He tried to play through the injury but it never improved, forcing him to go under the knife.

"While he has been following a conservative treatment protocol and playing with this injury, his symptoms are getting worse," the Red Sox said in a statement. "After consultation with the Boston Red Sox medical staff and with Dr. James Andrews, the decision has been made to proceed with a left elbow ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John surgery)."

Crawford started the season late after having wrist surgery in the off-season. In 31 games, he hit .282 with three homers, 19 RBIs and five stolen bases.

"This is a long-term contract -- he's here for a long time -- so we've got to be sure that we're doing the right thing for him and ultimately for the team, too," BoSox general manager Ben Cherington said. "This is not a short-term investment."

PINEDA CHARGED

New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was arrested for driving under the influence early Monday in Tampa, Fla.

Pineda, who has missed the entire 2012 season after having shoulder surgery and had been rehabbing in Tampa, was arrested after cops spotted a speeding, weaving SUV driving without headlights on a busy highway. When he was pulled over, the 23-year-old Dominican allegedly had a "fixed gaze and his eyes were bloodshot, watery and glassy," according to Tampa cops.

The police report also alleges that Pineda's blood-alcohol reading was .128 and .125.

Pineda was charged with DUI and released on a $500 bond just before noon on Monday.

BRIEFLY

Colorado Rockies outfielder/first baseman Michael Cuddyer was put on the 15-day DL with a right oblique muscle injury. There is a chance Cuddyer could miss the Rockies final 43 games of the year ... Former San Francisco Giants (and Blue Jays) second baseman Jeff Kent will be one of the castaways on the next season of Survivor. The 44-year-old, who was the National League MVP in 2000, retired after the 2008 season ... The Atlanta Braves signed first baseman Lyle Overbay to a minor-league contract and assigned him to their Triple-A team. Overbay, 35, was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this month ... New York Mets starter Johan Santana will be on a pitch count for his next start. After giving up at least six runs in each of his last five starts, the lefty will be limited to less than 100 pitches against the Colorado Rockies ... Oakland A's lefthander Brett Anderson will make his first start in 14 months on Tuesday. Anderson has been out since July 2011 after having Tommy John surgery ... Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez, who threw a perfect game Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays, was named the AL player of the week. It was the 23rd perfect game in MLB history and the fourth no-hitter for a Mariners pitcher ... Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels was named the NL player of the week. He recorded two wins, including a seven-hit shutout of the Miami Marlins.


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