After it was all said and done, Carl Crawford had seen enough time on rehab assignment in the minors. After recovering from an oblique strain, the outfielder is finally ready to return to the Major Leagues. Since being out in April, Crawford has had to stand by and wait for this strenuous injury to subside.
On Tuesday, the Dodgers officially reinstated Crawford from the disabled list and optioned right-hander Brandon Beachy to Triple-A. In order to make room for Crawford on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers also designated right-hander Prestion Guilmet for assignment.
Since his placement on the disabled list, Crawford has been rehabbing the injury and receiving playing time throughout the Dodgers’ farm system. The 13-year veteran stated that throughout the injury, he has been focused on staying on shape and making his legs stronger, so that once he returns he can be in game shape and use his legs to create opportunities.
Crawford was optimistic about rehab games and felt that it was the proper time for him to return. After playing in Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers, the front office felt it was finally time to call up the 33-year-old. In his last game with the OKC Dodgers, Crawford went 2-for-4, with a home run and three RBIs. Crawford rejoined the team on Monday in Atlanta and was reinstated the next day.
Beachy went four innings and allowed four runs on Monday in his second start since returning from injury. The right-hander hadn’t made a start in the big leagues since 2013 and still seemed to be a little rusty. He will likely continue working on his stuff in Triple-A and could be recalled in the near future.
Guilmet was claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays on July 10 and was added to the 40-man roster. If he clears waivers, the Dodgers will send him back to Triple-A.