The woes continue for the Los Angeles Dodgers as outfielder Carl Crawford has been placed on the 15-day DL with a hamstring strain.
UPDATE: Friday, July 5, at 6:40 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal announced the latest on Crawford:
#Dodgers activate Crawford, demote Van Slyke.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 5, 2013
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The Dodgers tweeted the news on Monday:
UPDATE: Thursday, July 4, at 11:35 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland
Rehabbing Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford went 1-for-3 with a walk and strikeout as designated hitter Wednesday night to conclude his four-game rehab stint with Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
Manager Don Mattingly said before the Dodgers beat the Rockies, 10-8, that he expects Crawford to travel to San Francisco Thursday and meet the team in time for Friday night's series opener against the Giants.
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UPDATE: Saturday, June 29, at 12:15 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland
ESPN.com reporter Mark Saxon brings us the latest on Crawford's status.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehabilitation assignment Sunday and could return from the 15-day disabled list as early as Thursday.
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The injury forced Crawford out of Saturday's 7-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies. He was 2-for-2 with two doubles in the game before exiting.
In his first season with the Dodgers, Crawford has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise disappointing 2013 campaign for the team. He is hitting .301 with 32 runs and nine stolen bases.
Among Dodgers with at least 100 at-bats, he's third in batting average and fourth in on-base percentage (.358).
However, one of the concerns when the Dodgers acquired Crawford from the Boston Red Sox last August was the fact that he had suffered numerous injuries throughout his career and was coming off the dreaded Tommy John surgery.
Crawford has been heavily scrutinized in Los Angeles ever since coming to the Dodgers. That will happen when a player making $20.8 million per year isn't living up to the immense expectations that kind of money brings.
As for the Red Sox, they've replaced Crawford with a lesser-known and much cheaper option, outfielder Daniel Nava.
Nava: .298./400/.488 8 HRs, 33 RBIs, 0.5 million. Carl Crawford .301/.358./470 5 HRs, 13 RBIs $20.8 million.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) June 2, 2013
The Dodgers can only hope Crawford isn't absent for too long. They've gone 23-32 this season, good for last place in the NL West, and they can't afford to sink any further.
They did just call up Cuban star prospect Yasiel Puig. Perhaps the 6'3", 245-pounder will give them a boost. Signed last year, he's hit .313 with eight home runs, 37 RBI, 26 runs and 13 stolen bases with Double-A Chattanooga this season.
In what has quickly become a rather competitive division, Los Angeles will have to bounce back with authority to win the West in 2013.