On the same day that Matt Kemp went on the 15-day disabled list with a sore back, Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford made an amazing sliding catch in foul territory in the second inning against the Angels. He did not emerge healthy.
Crawford said he merely scraped his right wrist, which appeared to be causing him some pain just after the play. After the game, the greater concern was his back.
“There’s a little soreness,” Crawford said. “I’ll probably feel it on the plane, something like that.”
On another day the injury might not warrant mention. On Thursday, the Dodgers were without their starting center fielder, Kemp, and were preparing to board a plane to Denver for a weekend series against the Colorado Rockies.
Crawford admitted that playing out the rest of the game was a struggle.
“I know we’re kind of short on guys so I tried to fight through it,” he said. “It’s one of those things where you try to grind it out.”