PHILADELPHIA — Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he’ll try to play Carl Crawford “at least once a series,” while giving either right fielder Yasiel Puig or left fielder Andre Ethier a day off.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Carl Crawford is en route from Oklahoma City to Atlanta, where the Dodgers begin a three-game series Monday, and will be activated from the disabled list sometime over the next two days. Crawford hasn’t played since April because of a strained oblique muscle.
In eight rehab games at Triple-A Oklahoma City, Crawford had 11 hits in 30 at-bats, including two doubles, a triple and a home run. Crawford had four plate appearances with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga too, giving him 36 total.
Crawford’s return will give the Dodgers a glut of outfielders. Kiké Hernandez, Alex Guerrero and Scott Van Slyke are already backing up starters Andre Ethier, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the corresponding roster move is still being discussed.
CHICAGO — Yasiel Puig was scratched from the Dodgers’ starting lineup minutes before the scheduled first pitch Wednesday night against the Cubs.
Puig has been dealing with a popped blister on his left hand, about the size of a half-dollar, since Monday.
The Dodgers have not officially commented on the reason why Puig was scratched.
Update (7:30 p.m.): Puig was scratched due to an open callus on his left hand, the team confirmed.
CHICAGO >> Carl Crawford continues to make progress in his rehab from a strained oblique muscle, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Monday. Crawford is swinging a bat and running curved lines, and could be playing in rehab games soon.
However, the manager offered no assurance that Crawford will be the Dodgers’ starting left fielder once he returns to the Dodgers.
“I haven’t thought about where (Crawford) fits in,” Mattingly said. “Andre’s kind of taken that spot.”