Outfielder Carl Crawford was off to a solid, albeit uneventful, start to this 2016 season before having to go on the disabled list with a strained back. That injury depleted the depth for the Los Angeles Dodgers to the point where they’ve had to play Howie Kendrick in left field on occasion, and that’s not always going to be a fun thing to do.
Well, the team might not have to play Kendrick out there much longer since, according to report, Crawford is scheduled to be back with the club on Sunday when they are in Colorado to take on the Rockies. Crawford hasn’t played since April 7, and he was only used as a pinch hitter during his time that day. He hasn’t played the majority of a game since April 6.
While the Dodgers travel to Atlanta, Carl Crawford is set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Crawford is scheduled to rejoin the Dodgers in Denver on Sunday, the earliest he can be activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Just having another body on the field is going to be a huge thing for the club, especially a left-handed bat in the outfield that can at least give you some plate appearances and, maybe, some speed on the basepaths when he does actually get on. That’s getting too far ahead of ourselves, though. First things first. He just needs to come back.
Barring any unforeseen setbacks, Crawford will be eligible to return to the Dodgers on Sunday. Whether or not you believe he still can help the team is irrelevant at this point. What’s relevant is that the depth will increase because of him, and that means more off days for some players who could use one every now and then. Crawford’s return helps the whole team.