Carl Crawford’s opening day is in jeopardy.

Carl Crawford’s status for Opening Day is in jeopardy after the Dodgers’ left fielder was diagnosed with nerve irritation in his left arm. He will not be able to throw or hit for seven days.

“It challenges Opening Day,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters in Glendale.

Crawford flew to Los Angeles on Thursday night to have his elbow examined by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

The club said the irritation developed from increased intensity hitting live pitching and is not uncommon for a player attempting to return from Tommy John surgery. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery on Crawford’s left (throwing) elbow last August.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.