The Dodgers got healthier this afternoon when they activated outfielder Matt Kemp from the disabled list after missing time with a strained hamstring.
News got even better for the boys in blue when Don Mattingly updated the status of injured outfielder Carl Crawford. Crawford has been sidelined with a injured hamstring since early June.
Mattingly spoke to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times about Crawford’s timetable:
Carl Crawford could be back on the #Dodgers‘ next trip.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) June 25, 2013
Crawford was hitting .301 before he went on the DL with five home runs and 17 RBIs, but was integral atop the Dodgers lineup. With Yasiel Puig in the fold, the Dodgers will have a surplus of outfielders, thus the reason why Andre Ethier’s name has surfaced in so many trade rumors.
Without Crawford in the lineup, the Dodgers team speed has decreased and haven’t had a presence at the top of the lineup as they’ve used Nick Punto, Mark Ellis and Skip Schumaker in the leadoff spot.
It’ll be nice to have Crawford back in the fold, but with his history of hamstring injuries, it’d be smart if Mattingly and the Dodgers training staff make sure he’s 100 percent healthy before he comes back.