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03/31/11 2:40 PM ET

Crowe has shoulder surgery, out four months

CLEVELAND -- Indians outfielder Trevor Crowe will be sidelined for the bulk of the 2011 season after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder.

Crowe, who was forced into the role of spectator for all of Spring Training due to right rotator cuff soreness, had an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his throwing arm on Wednesday in New York. The operation was performed by Dr. David Altcheck at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

The recovery time for Crowe's particular procedure is approximately four months, according to the Indians. He will rejoin the team on Saturday in Cleveland to begin a rehab and recovery program.

Crowe, 27, spent 122 games with the Tribe last season, hitting .251 with two home runs, 24 doubles, 20 stolen bases and 36 RBIs. His injury this spring paved the way for outfielder Travis Buck, who -- like Crowe -- can play all three outfield positions, to make Cleveland's Opening Day roster.

At the beginning of Spring Training, Crowe attempted to begin a throwing program, but the discomfort in his shoulder hindered his progress. He was shut down and spent the majority of the preseason working through a strengthening program. Crowe also underwent right elbow surgery this past offseason.

On Thursday, the Indians acquired outfielder Bubba Bell from the Red Sox in exchange for cash considerations. The 28-year-old Bell was assigned to Triple-A Columbus. Last year, Bell hit .293 with six homers, 17 doubles and 49 RBIs over 104 games with Triple-A Pawtucket.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.