Sidelined by an ankle sprain that kept him out for the entire month of June, Carl Crawford has emerged as a consistent source of production for the Los Angeles Dodgers dating back to early August.
After batting just .163 in July, Crawford hit .313 with a .721 OPS, seven RBIs and eight stolen bases. Crawford has been on a particular tear since the Dodgers began a three-game series with the San Diego Padres Sept. 8.
Since that point, the left fielder has collected at least one hit in the last six games and the stretch included four consecutive multi-hit games. Crawford’s lone hit in the Dodgers rout of the Colorado Rockies on Monday was a triple, but he also twice reached base on a hit by pitch.
The second time Crawford was hit came one inning after Brandon League hit two batters. Crawford didn’t believe it was intentional, but the ball struck him on his hamstring, which caused an issue, via J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News:
It locked up real fast,” Crawford said. “We’ll see how I feel (today).”
Crawford battled issues with his hamstring last season and it’s an injury that could easily force him to miss time once again. The Dodgers are already without Hyun-Jin Ryu for at least one of his starts and potentially losing Crawford this late in season would be difficult to endure.
With that in mind, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if the Dodgers opt to rest him in the coming days. What may also influence manager Don Mattingly into sitting Crawford is the Dodgers will face a left-handed starter in their next four games.
Total, the Dodgers have 12 games remaining on their schedule and as of Tuesday morning, hold a four-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West standings.
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