Pay no attention to Carl Crawford's left elbow.

If you want to know the fate of the Red Sox' 2012 season, keep your eye on starts like the one Jon Lester had yesterday, because an early exit due to Tommy John surgery for the left fielder would hardly send them hurtling toward disaster.

It wouldn't help, certainly, because Crawford has been playing pretty well recently — did you see that throw he made from deep left field to second base to hold Eric Chavez to a single in the ninth inning? — but the Red Sox know how to play .500 baseball when Crawford is around, they can do it without him, too.