As the old saying goes, injuries are part of the game. And the Los Angeles Dodgers have had their share of bad luck since before Spring Training when Kenley Jansen underwent surgery on his left foot. Since then, Brandon League, Joel Peralta, Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu have also been placed on the disabled list.
That grew by one Monday with news of Brandon McCarthy’s torn UCL in his right elbow that ends his season and likely will require Tommy John surgery. Before the Dodgers could manage to play one game after learning of the injury, Carl Crawford may have become the latest player to fall victim.
With the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants knotted in a scoreless tie in the second inning, Crawford hit a leadoff triple down the right field line. The 33 year old showed good speed as he rounded the bases, but came up grimacing after sliding into third base.
The Dodgers stranded Crawford in the inning and he manned left field in the top of third. However, he was then pinch-hit for by Scott Van Slyke in the bottom of the third. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after Monday’s game that while he didn’t want to speculate, he believed Crawford potentially is dealing with an oblique issue.
“Tightness in the right side usually sounds like that,” he said. “But I don’t want to be the doctor.” Mattingly added that while the nature of Crawford’s injury usually isn’t healed overnight, the team will wait and see if his status improves Tuesday before making any judgments moving forward.
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