Carl Crawford's ill-fated season may have come to an end last night.

Crawford is scheduled to meet today with Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, manager Bobby Valentine and members of the team's medical and training staffs to determine a long-term course of treatment for his balky left elbow. The left fielder has been playing with a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament, and it's possible, maybe even likely, he will need to have Tommy John surgery, a procedure that would require a rehabilitation that typically ranges from seven to nine months.

"I think we've got to focus mostly on what Carl needs, what's right for him," Cherington said before last night's game at Yankee Stadium. "This is a real injury he's playing with, so we've got to take it seriously. Personally, I think he's certainly been playing and playing through an injury in large part because the team is trying to win games and trying to stay in (playoff contention). But when it comes to the decision, we've got to focus mostly on what's best for Carl."