Red Sox OF Carl Crawford is expected to miss three months to rehab the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, ESPN.com reported Thursday.
The former Ray, who signed a seven-year, $142 million deal with Boston and had one of his worst seasons in 2011, will forgo surgery to attempt rehab.
Crawford, who had surgery in January on his left wrist, had begun feeling discomfort in his left elbow while in camp in Florida and started this season on the DL. He had been limited to a DH role in extended spring games.
He visited noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews to try to determine the cause of the soreness in the elbow.
Tigers release Inge: Slumping 3B Brandon Inge, a Tiger all during his 12-year career, was released by the team after going 2-for-20 (.100) with one homer and two RBIs so far this season. "It's one of those things you can kind of see how things are going before they come. But it's no hard feelings whatsoever," said Inge, 34. "But I have a chance to go play maybe somewhere else. … But my heart will always be in Detroit for 100 percent and forever." Detroit announced it had called up 1B Brad Eldred, who was hitting .388 at Triple-A Toledo.
Votto's suite deal: The Reds and 1B Joey Votto finalized their 12-year, $251.5 million deal, the longest guaranteed agreement in baseball history. Votto will be 41 in 2024, when the deal could expire. The team has a $20 million option for 2024 and must pay a $7 million buyout that Nov. 1 if it declines it. Votto receives full no-trade protection. The deal, first announced April 4, contains $41 million in slightly deferred money. While the agreement gives the 2010 NL MVP a hotel suite on road trips, Votto must pay the difference in cost between the suite and a single room out of his own pocket. The Reds will also give a ballpark suite for 10 games per year to the Joey Votto Charitable Foundation. He has the option to purchase a stadium suite for home games at a discount.
Blue Jays: RHP Dustin McGowan experienced shoulder pain while rehabilitating a foot injury and will be shut down for two weeks.
Mets: RHP Mike Pelfrey has a partial tear in his right elbow, and the team said it is "99 percent" certain he will have ligament reconstruction (also known as Tommy John surgery) that would sideline him until next year.
Orioles: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada, a star in Japan who signed in December, will fly to Los Angeles for a second opinion on his sore left elbow and said Tommy John surgery is possible.
Padres: RHP Micah Owings (strained right forearm) went on the 15-day DL.
Royals: LHP Danny Duffy will miss tonight's start because of tightness in his left elbow but is expected to make his next one. CF Lorenzo Cain will miss a month with a strained left hip flexor.
Twins: The team said 1B Chris Parmelee "is doing well" a day after being hit in the head by a pitch. He showed no signs of a concussion and is day to day.