Los Angeles Dodgers’ left fielder Carl Crawford hit the disabled list due to an ankle sprain. He hasn’t seen any action since the injury occurred during a May 27th game against the Cincinnati Reds.
According to a report from Michael Lananna of MLB.com, Crawford’s rehab of the ankle has hit a bit of difficulty. Originally, manager Don Mattingly hoped that Crawford would be able to join the team when the Dodgers recently visited Cincy for a three-game series. That didn’t materialize.
In fact, not much else has materialized concerning Crawford’s rehab. As Mattingly put it, Crawford has “just kind of gotten stuck”. Crawford was scheduled to play yesterday as he’s at the team’s complex in Arizona, but it was a no-go. He isn’t even taking any hitting. Nothing. Just treatment at this point. As of yet, Crawford hasn’t played in a single rehab game.
Not like Crawford has been a top producer for the Dodgers this season. For his season to date, his slashline is .267/.293/.400 with 4 home runs and 18 RBI in 157 plate appearances. Those numbers aren’t going invoke any fear into many opposing pitchers.
As was recently stated here by CttP staff writer Drew Jenkins, the Dodgers need “more production from outfielders not named Yasiel Puig” (the link to Drew’s post is the news box above: “How Can The Los Angeles Dodgers Improve?”).
I’m sure Dodgers fans would love to see some of the Carl Crawford from last season when he crafted a .283/.329/.407 slashline in 469 plate appearances. At least there was some contribution to the team. That would be some contribution to an offense which already sits in the upper third of most offensive categories.
Crawford is still owed the residual of this season’s $20.25 million salary and $62.25 million over the following three seasons.