It’s been nearly two months since we’ve seen outfielder Carl Crawford in a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform, as he’s been sidelined with a torn oblique since the end of April.
Crawford hasn’t been heard from much because he’s been at Camelback Ranch, getting healthy and working out. The outfielder has yet to have a season without missing time due to injury since joining the Dodgers. He played in 115 games in 2013, 106 last season and has already missed two months this season. At least it finally appears he is nearing a return.
According to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, Crawford could begin playing in some minor-league rehab games in the coming weeks:
Mattingly said Carl Crawford (oblique) is probably 10 days away from playing in games. Out 2 months: "he's going to need some games"
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 22, 2015
Judging by what Mattingly said and how many games Crawford would need to get back into game shape, it’s safe to assume we may not see him until after the All-Star break. It could be earlier, but that would only be if Crawford progressed even faster than he has thus far.
In 15 games this season, Crawford was hitting .245 with a home run and three RBIs. Heading into the season, the 33-year-old said he was finally healthy, and even said that he was going to make it a point to steal more bases this season. The muscle tear was a tough blow for the veteran outfielder, especially because he felt like he had his legs back under him for the first time as a Dodger.
Crawford’s return may end up coinciding with the promotion of Cuban infielder, Hector Olivera, adding his power and Crawford’s speed to the Dodger roster.
Dodgers 2015 Spring Training – Carl Crawford