The Los Angeles Dodgers outfield picture took an unexpected return this season when manager Don Mattingly made the decision to remove Matt Kemp from center field and place him in left.

The move coincided with a five-game benching for Kemp, with his chance to play coming when Carl Crawford, who appeared to be Mattingly’s preferred option in left field, sprained his ankle May 27.

After initial concern Crawford’s sprain would have him out for an extended period of time, he’s recovered quickly and is eyeing a rehab assignment in the near future before returning to the Dodgers.

As Kemp adjusted to life in left field he continued to struggle at the plate. However, he then went 5-for-9 in three games against the Colorado Rockies and said he believes he’s seeing the ball better. Though Crawford isn’t quite ready to return, he expressed frustration with t

They tell us one thing and something else happens. We can’t go by what they say. It’s been frustrating for all of us. We have to be men about the situation and accept what is going on and try to do the best for the team.”

With Kemp’s recent uptick in production, it may push Crawford out of a position, which he also addressed:

I don’t know what I’m going to play when I get back,” Crawford said. “I just don’t really know what my situation is going to be.”

In his career, Crawford has played 54 career games in center field, but not since 2008 when he did so for one game while he was with the Tampa Bay Rays. Platooning with Andre Ethier in the early stages of the season, Crawford struggled to provide much production at the plate.

As he began to settle in with consistent playing time, Crawford became more of a threat in the lineup and was 3-for-7 with two runs scored in his last two games before being injured. Should the group of outfielders get healthy, Mattingly will once again have to juggle the surplus.
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10 Responses

  1. KYDodgersFan

    “They keep telling us that we are going to play and then turn around and play the better hitter. I don’t get it.” Carl Crawford

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  2. Drew

    You can only control you! So when Cark gets his chops he has to make the best of them.. Just like everyone else.. They say the “cream will always rise to the top” so far the cream is only made up of one man right now in that outfield and his name is YASIEL PUIG.. Mattingly wants to see consistency as well do all of us and until he does he will continue to platoon those guys..

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    • Barry Golden

      The Dodgers offense is inconsistent at best, sooo I guess you have to put the hot bats in there ! Or try to find the right combo ! With only 2 regulars hitting over .260 I’d be trying to find the hot bats too ! Shoot Adrian Gonzales is at a career low for this time of the year, probably ! Under.250. What’s up with him ? Ethier B.A. low also Kemp low. Catchers can’t over .220 ? Gotta score some more runs somehow ! Go Dodgers !

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    • Louise Duke

      Consistency is hard to come by when you don’t play everyday…..it won’t happen as long as Mattingly does the platoon game.

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