When Carl Crawford suggested before the All-Star break that he may require Tommy John surgery to repair the torn UCL in his elbow and that it could occur this season, it created some alarm throughout Red Sox land.

Yesterday, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington made surgery sound much less likely.

"That's been discussed as a possibility down the road just because when medical people talk about injuries and players they're going to run the full gamut of possibilities," said Cherington. "We know there are plenty of position players that have performed at a very high level with the UCL injury and we believe Carl can do that. But he's got to go do it and ultimately he's got to be confident.

“From what he’s told me and what he’s told our staff, he’s focused on playing and wants to play, so that’s what we’re focused on.”

The club hopes that Crawford will be able to rejoin the team Monday at the start of its first post-break homestand.