Today’s rehabilitation assignment begins Carl Crawford’s road back to the Los Angeles, but his arrival is sure to create a traffic jam.
Expected to finish his recovery from a strained left hamstring with four games for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, Crawford will join a Dodgers outfield including the game’s hottest hitter and two cornerstones of the franchise.
The question is, how will Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, rookie sensation Yasiel Puig and Crawford coexist in one outfield?
“I wouldn’t want to be the one making the decisions about who’s going to play,” Dodgers utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. said. “But it’s a good problem to have.”
One day after he allowed five runs in two innings to swell his earned-run average to 6.35, the Dodgers optioned right-handed reliever Peter Moylan to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Called up to take his place in the bullpen was Jose Dominguez, a 22-year-old with a 100-mph fast ball. The right-hander is highly regarded, but began the season serving a 25-game suspension for violation of the minor league drug prevention program. The specifics of his violation are unknown.