The Dodgers have won 10 of 11 games and closed the gap on first place Arizona to just a 2.5 game deficit, but their continues to be good news as Carl Crawford is expected back on Friday in San Francisco.
Crawford has been sidelined since June 2 with a hamstring injury, but he went 5-13 during his rehab assignment and convinced the training staff that he’s healthy enough.
Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com reported that Crawford would join the team in San Francisco:
“Manager Don Mattingly said before the Dodgers beat the Rockies, 10-8, that he expects Crawford to travel to San Francisco Thursday and meet the team in time for Friday night’s series opener against the Giants”
With his return, the Dodgers will have a crowded outfield with four capable players for just three spots, but it sounds like Mattingly will go with the hot lineup at the time.
The most likely scenario that’s been discussed is trading outfielder Andre Ethier, but the injury to Yasiel Ping could put those rumors to rest, for now.
Crawford has a history of leg injuries and with the Dodgers playing so well in his absence, hopefully he isn’t rushing back to get a piece of the action.