In an email to the Herald last night, Carl Crawford's agent said the Red Sox left fielder will heed the advice of team doctors and trainers with regard to treatment of a torn ligament in his left elbow.

"Carl intends to follow the course recommended by the medical professionals who have been treating him, in whom he has full confidence," agent Brian Peters wrote. "Whether and when he has surgery will be determined by them. The Red Sox have been and remain 100 percent supportive of Carl throughout this process."

Earlier yesterday, an unnamed source told the Boston Globe that Crawford intends to request permission next week to have Tommy John surgery to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, ending his season and likely keeping him sidelined for part of 2013.