In the big leagues, the month of August are known as the “dog days of summer” because it becomes a point in the season where players are grinding to get through the final two months.
For Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford, not only does he have to deal with the normal grind, but he has to play for his spot on the field because of the Dodgers outfield logjam. He has assumed the starting role in left for the time being with Scott Van Slyke starting against left-handed pitchers.
According to Robert Morales of the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the 32-year-old outfielder discussed having to play through it all:
Aches and pains never go away, at least not for this season, so I have to learn how to play with that a little bit,” Crawford told this newspaper before Saturday’s game against the Chicago Cubs. “But for the most part, it’s pretty good.
Crawford is hitting just .230 on the season, including .130 since his return from the disabled list on July 11. He has been held hitless in his last four games, although he was robbed of a hit that would have tied the game on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs.
With two months left before a potential postseason run, Crawford believes he will have to deal with the aches for the rest of the year:
I’m pretty sure it’s going to still be sore until the season’s over, where I can get off of it and rest,” he said. “But for now I just do what I can to get it ready for the game.”
Despite Crawford’s struggles, he will likely remain the starter in left because Andre Ethier has been having an even tougher time at the plate. There is still a possibility that Crawford is traded, if he can pass waivers, as his name was floated around the trade deadline.
The Dodgers will need Crawford to push through and begin producing if they plan to set up a deep playoff run.
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