Since injuring his oblique muscle on a swing that resulted in a triple against the San Francisco Giants April 27, Carl Crawford has been out of the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup. He was initially placed on the 15-day disabled list, then transferred to the 60-day DL June 1 when David Huff was called up.
Crawford began a Minor-League rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga June 30, playing two games before moving on to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Crawford has suited up for OKC twice — Tuesday’s game was rained out — and is eager to make his return. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has warned patience is still needed, however.
When questioned on Crawford’s status and what’s to come, Mattingly had positive news and indicated more of the same lied ahead. “He’s been good,” Mattingly said. “They got rained out today, so he’ll be playing the next few days and just continue to play.”
The manager went on to add Crawford will be on a schedule of sorts during the Minor League and MLB All-Star breaks, which overlap. “I think Stan [Conte, VP of medical services] has got a plan kind of mapped out for him to be playing through the break,” Mattingly said. “They have the same time off as we do and then we see where he’s at.”
While Crawford was the Dodgers’ starting left fielder through the games played before getting injured, Mattingly publicly backed Andre Ethier as the starter when asked how he would handle the outfield situation that is again expected to be a complex one. Crawford said he doesn’t take issue with Mattingly’s remarks and understands them given how well Ethier has played this season.