As the Los Angeles Dodgers have made the climb to the top of the National League West standings, they’ve been awaiting the return of two players who figure to be capable of contributing in some capacity.
Carl Crawford suffered a sprained ankle May 27 and was placed on the disabled list the following day. At one point, Crawford was progressing well in his recovery and there was some belief he would immediately join the Dodgers once he was eligible to be reinstated.
That didn’t occur and Crawford was sent to the Dodgers’ Spring Training facility to continue with his rehab where he suffered a setback and was shutdown.
Things picked back up for the left fielder and manager Don Mattingly said the left fielder is set to begin playing in a handful of rehab games, according to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com:
Five or six games, at least that,” Mattingly said. “Through Detroit [Wednesday] for sure, then we’ll see where everything is. It’s been a while, over a month for Carl. But when Carl is ready, he’ll be back.”
Gurnick also reported Crawford’s first rehab action is scheduled for Saturday with Triple-A Albuquerque, where he’s expected to play six innings.
As for Scott Elbert, he was making steady progress in his return from Tommy John surgery, but has now hit a snag and was shut down by a sore toe, reports Gurnick:
The toe problem, although not serious alone, prompted a weeklong shutdown because management didn’t want him to alter his mechanics trying to pitch through it.
Elbert was targeting a return after the All-Star break, which may still be within the realm of possibility, though the Dodgers likely won’t force the issue. The left-hander has undergone three elbow procedures since September of 2012 and managed just eight Minor League appearances last season.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________Leaked Houston Astros Trade Talks Reveal Dodgers Shopped Carl Crawford In 2013