The Los Angeles Dodgers opened Spring Training without closer Kenley Jansen and days into camp, Zack Greinke, Joel Peralta and Hyun-Jin Ryu were limited due to various ailments.
Since receiving a lubricating injection in his right elbow and being temporarily shutdown, Greinke has thrown live batting practice and is on track to start Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs. Ryu also completed a live batting practice session, and Peralta is scheduled to in the coming days.
Amid the minor issues, manager Don Mattingly said Thursday he was pleased with the club’s overall health. That nearly took a hit Saturday when Carl Crawford fouled a ball off his right shin in the fourth inning. He finished the at-bat, but was removed from the game in the bottom half of the inning.
In the short time after returning to the visitors’ clubhouse at Goodyear Ballpark, Crawford had ice on the shin and said there was swelling and he hoped to know more the following day after some of the swelling went down.
The 33 year old was not part of Sunday’s lineup, though that was due to it being a planned day off after playing in two consecutive games. Crawford said Sunday he had a shin bruise, which he didn’t consider serious.
Manager Don Mattingly confirmed the sentiment during his daily meeting with reporters, said Crawford wouldn’t undergo an MRI and he was able to participate in all activities outside long-distance running (sprinting).
As of Sunday afternoon, Crawford was penciled into Monday’s lineup when the Dodgers travel to Scottsdale, AZ., to face the San Francisco Giants.
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