Carl Crawford was removed as a precaution with tightness in his upper right leg. Crawford said that his hamstring was “a little tight” Wednesday, “just the whole day.” The 32-year-old outfielder had an adventure in the field, overrunning a fly ball in the first inning that fell for a triple, and also scored from first base on Yasiel Puig‘s third-inning double.
Crawford said his hamstring felt fine Thursday morning and that he wouldn’t be restricted from anything other than playing in the game. Last year, Crawford missed 30 games with a strained left hamstring.
Manager Don Mattingly said that the issue is with Crawford’s quadriceps muscle and not his hamstring; Crawford had the entire upper leg wrapped after Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to the Diamondbacks. Regardless, Mattingly said that Crawford would get another day off Saturday and potentially return to the lineup Saturday when the Dodgers play the Milwaukee Brewers.
Catcher A.J. Ellis reported to camp with the flu and was sent home. “He didn’t look great,” Mattingly said. Ellis is expected back Friday.
Zack Greinke is scheduled to throw two innings and the starters are expected to play five. The game is set to begin at 1 p.m. (noon Pacific) from Camelback Ranch. Here are the lineups for both teams:
|Dee Gordon 2B||Tony Campana CF|
|Andre Ethier CF||Cliff Pennington 2B|
|Hanley Ramirez SS||Chris Owings SS|
|Adrian Gonzalez 1B||Mike Jacobs 1B|
|Yasiel Puig RF||Matt Tuiasosopo RF|
|Mike Baxter LF||Jake Lamb 3B|
|Juan Uribe 3B||Shelley Duncan DH|
|Tim Federowicz C||Danny Dorn LF|
|Alex Guerrero 2B||Tuffy Gosewich C|
|(Zack Greinke P)||(Randall Delgado P)|