Carl Crawford to “follow the course” recommended by Red Sox doctors, says agent

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Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe tweeted earlier today that outfielder Carl Crawford “is planning to ask the Red Sox to allow him to have Tommy John surgery next week” to repair his strained left elbow.

That report is either incorrect or something has changed, because Crawford’s agent Brian Peters wrote in an email tonight to the Boston Herald that “Carl intends to follow the course recommended by the medical professionals (Red Sox docs) who have been treating him, in whom he has full confidence.”

“Whether and when he has surgery will be determined by them,” continues Peters’ brief message. “The Red Sox have been and remain 100 percent supportive of Carl throughout this process.”

Crawford is batting .283 with a .795 OPS in 30 games since returning from the disabled list on July 16.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.