When Carl Crawford sprained his ankle May 27, the initial estimate was that he would be back in the Dodgers’ lineup by now.
Instead, he’s still rehabbing in Arizona.
“It seems like Carl’s kind of hit that plateau where he’s kind of gotten stuck,” manager Don Mattingly said Sunday. “He didn’t play yesterday. We’re not progressing. Right now, we have no plans for him playing rehab games or anything else.”
Mattingly acknowledged there’s a possibility that Crawford might come back to Los Angeles for evaluation, “to see if something else is going on.”
For now, he’ll continue his rehab in Arizona.
“He was going so good — he had run, he was hitting — we thought he was getting close,” Mattingly said. “All of a sudden he hit a level where he was feeling different things and wasn’t able to keep going.”
Matt Kemp has started every game in left field since Crawford was placed on the 15-day disabled list; Sunday’s game will be his 18th in a row. Kemp has a .250/.319/.400 slash line during that stretch. He’s heated up recently at the plate (1.044 OPS in his last 10 games) but is still catching up to speed in the field. Kemp’s -1.5 UZR ranks last among Dodgers left fielders.