Carl Crawford headed to see surgeon

9:36 AM, Apr 26, 2012   |    comments
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Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford hasn't played at all this season after injuring his wrist in spring training. Now there's word he's on his way to see noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews -- for an elbow injury.

The news could be the worst yet for those fantasy owners who took a chance drafting an injured Crawford, hoping he'd be back by early May. This setback, even if it's nothing major, still looks like it will push Crawford's timetable back even further.

Meanwhile, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is still experiencing some stiffness in his shoulder -- an injury that's kept him out of action since last Friday.

Zimmerman has already had one cortisone shot and could get another one. If that's the case, as Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports, Zimmerman will "more than likely" need to be put on the disabled list, according to Nationals manager Davey Johnson.

The Nats can use Steve Lombardozzi, Mark DeRosa and Chad Tracy at third while Zimmerman is out, but only Lombardozzi has any type of fantasy value. And even that is in deeper NL-only leagues.

The interesting thing would be if the Nats call up first baseman Tyler Moore, who has hit 31 homers each of the past two seasons in the minors (at High-A and AA) and is playing some left field this season for Class AAA Syracuse.

Moore is already off to a hot start with a .290 average, six homers and 16 RBI in his first 17 games. Fantasy owners in keeper leagues especially should be ready to pounce in case Moore is promoted.

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