Don Mattingly says that Andre Ethier’s job is safe when Carl Crawford returns.

Andre Ethier

Andre Ethier moved from right field to left field when Yasiel Puig was activated from the disabled list. (David Crane/Staff photographer)

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.”
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Dodgers’ Carl Crawford resumes running at Camelback Ranch.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Carl Crawford (oblique) has resumed running at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona, a significant step forward for the veteran outfielder.

“He feels like he’s gotten over the hump,” Mattingly said. “Unless he has some kind of a setback he’s probably going to be doing more and more every day.”

Crawford is on the 60-day disabled list and can’t be activated before June 27. To this point in his rehab he hasn’t been allowed to do any baseball activities. Running represents a major step forward, but Crawford likely faces a long minor-league rehab stint before he can return to the Dodgers.