Carl Crawford has not had the kind of season he expected. The left fielder first dealt with being part of a platoon with Andre Ethier, then sprained his ankle as he began to receive consistent playing time. Crawford was placed on the 15-day disabled list and was recovering quickly.
Manager Don Mattingly was hopeful Crawford would be able to return from the DL when he was eligible to be activated, but the left fielder said he did not have full strength back in his ankle and needed more time to heal.
After rehabbing at the team’s Spring Training facility, which included Crawford being momentarily shut down, he began a rehab assignment with the Albuquerque Isotopes. Crawford tripled Monday night and is set to conclude his time with the Isotopes Wednesday.
According to SportsNet LA’s Alanna Rizzo, Crawford may be activated once the Dodgers return from their road trip:
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) July 8, 2014
The Dodgers will finish a two-game series with the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, then return to begin a four-game set at Chavez Ravine against the San Diego Padres on Thursday. Following the four-game series with the Padres is the All-Star break, which would provide Crawford with ample time to rest if his ankle were to flare up.
Mattingly said he didn’t expect to change much once Crawford returns, which may not sit well with the left fielder, as he’s already expressed frustration with the outfield situation.
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