Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford isn’t starting against a right-handed pitcher, Chase Anderson of the Arizona Diamondbacks, because of bursitis in his left shoulder. Scott Van Slyke and Andre Ethier are playing left and right field, respectively.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was vague about Crawford’s availability, but couldn’t rule him out as a possible pinch hitter or pinch runner.
Jose Peraza, 21, is a candidate to be placed on the 60-day disabled list if his hamstring injury is severe enough. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)
Dodgers infielder Jose Peraza
, who re-aggravated his strained left hamstring Sunday in Phoenix, underwent an MRI exam Monday, manager Don Mattingly
said. The results of the MRI haven’t been announced yet but the manager acknowledged the injury could end Peraza’s season.
“The doctor’s going to come in tonight and look at him, and let us know where we’re going with that,” Mattingly said.
Jose Peraza is 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts since joining the Dodgers. (Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO — The Dodgers’ recent success stealing bases makes for nice statistics. An unexpected streak of 13 steals in 13 attempts entering Saturday’s game against the Padres means the Dodgers are no longer last in baseball in stolen bases or stolen-base success rate.
Going beyond the numbers, this makes for even better strategy.
“It’s something that’s small but yet plays big,” Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes said. “Now we keep this approach that we have now and bring it to a playoff situation, now we can manufacture a run here. People can’t say ‘well, they’re not going to run.’ Now all of a sudden they’re starting to run. What’s the deal?”
Lopes identified a couple reasons for the Dodgers’ newfound success.
Jackie Robinson West Little League won the 2014 U.S. Championship and was later stripped of its title. (Associated Press)
CINCINNATI — Carl Crawford is letting other people sponsor the teams taking part in the Little League World Series this year. He’s out.
OAKLAND — Carl Crawfored is playing left field, and Scott Van Slyke is the Dodgers’ designated hitter, because Van Slyke is still recovering from a bout with the flu over the weekend.
“With Scotty, him being sick last week, extra innings last night, early game today, it was pretty easy to go Scotty DHing today,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Scotty’s a really good defender, one of our better outfield defenders … but today it’s a matter of him being a little bit down the last few days. I could see him here last night looking like he was beat.”
Van Slyke is over the flu, Mattingly said.
“It’s just how you would feel if you had the flu for 2 or 3 days, coming back,” he said. “You feel a little winded.”