Zack Greinke, Carl Crawford Among Many Question Marks the Dodgers Face

Gary Ousdahl@@GaryOusdahlCorrespondent IIMarch 16, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 17:  Pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Camelback Ranch on February 17, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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On paper, the Los Angeles Dodgers look great.  When you look at their current roster, it looks menacing and capable of winning the National League West.  But let's be honest: The team has plenty of question marks going into the 2013 season, and player injuries are at the top of that list.

Outfielder Carl Crawford has yet to take a spring training at-bat and will most likely start the season on the DL with continual setbacks to his reconstructed elbow.

Now, to make matters worse, newly acquired starting pitcher Zack Greinke has become unable to pitch due to elbow inflammation.  And no one yet knows how he will respond to a platelet-rich plasma shot he received to hopefully settle the issue down.  

You also have to factor in the fact that Matt Kemp, Chad Billingsley, Andre Ethier, Jerry Hairston Jr., Javy Guerra, Dee Gordon, Mark Ellis and Juan Uribe all spent time on the DL at one point or another last season.

Sure, they look great on paper, but as it stands right now, it's still a lot of star power with a lot of question marks.  And if you're a Lakers fan as well, you know exactly what I'm talking about.  

Don't get me wrong, it's great to see a new ownership group step in and make the kind of moves that Magic Johnson and his fellow group of owners have made.  And you also have to admire their passion for putting a winning team on the field, for bringing so much star power to Los Angeles and for taking the honors for having the highest payroll in all of Major League Baseball.  

But you also still have to look at the facts: This current Dodgers team is riddled with uncertainty, and if it can't stay healthy, 2013 could be a long year for the boys in blue.