Peter Abraham, Globe:
Crawford felt soreness when he started his offseason hitting workouts around Jan. 1. He had an MRI that showed cartilage damage and arthroscopic surgery was recommended. Crawford has had wrist issues in the past but the discomfort had always passed. Having such pain at this time of the year was a red flag.Gordon Edes, ESPNBoston (my emphasis):
Cherington did not rule Crawford being eligible for Opening Day. But it sounds like he could miss the early part of the season.
Crawford has experienced soreness in the wrist in the past, according to Cherington, including at the end of the 2011 season, though the decision was made at the time that he go through his usual offseason routine. That changed, Cherington said, when Crawford reported continued soreness.Hell of an off-season, Brownie.
The Red Sox and Jacoby Ellsbury agreed on an $8.05 million contract for 2012, avoiding arbitration. Cherington said they did not discuss a multi-year deal. ... The team has also signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Franklin Morales to one-year deals. ... And David Ortiz ($16.5) and the Red Sox ($12.65) exchanged numbers.