Things have been trending up for the Los Angeles Dodgers as of late. They have won 10 of their last 13 games and have cut the San Francisco Giants’ lead in the NL West standings to just two games.
On the injury side, it’s been some give and take. Juan Uribe returned from the disabled list Thursday and MRI on Hanley Ramirez’s shoulder revealed no structural damage, but he was out of the lineup Thursday and again Friday.
As for Carl Crawford, he has resumed his recovery. According to Michael Lananna of MLB.com, Don Mattingly said Crawford is going through physical activity:
“He was running today,” Mattingly said Thursday. “I saw a video of him running on the field. I think he’s going to start being able to do more and more, so he’s back on track. He’s going to be swinging the bat and getting back on the field.”
Crawford has been on the disabled list since May 27 with a sprained left ankle. The left fielder was healing well ahead of schedule until experiencing a setback at the Dodgers’ training facility in Arizona.
With the Dodgers playing their best baseball of the season, it is uncertain where Crawford will fit in the new outfield picture. While taking over in left, Matt Kemp has had a blistering June. This month, Kemp is batting .302 with three home runs and 14 RBIs.
On Thursday, Kemp also added a key defensive play to his name as a left fielder.
In just 44 games this season, Crawford is batting .267 with four home runs, 18 RBIs and nine stolen bases.
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