CHICAGO — Greetings from the Windy City and Happy Memorial Day.
Alex Wood (triceps) has been cleared to swing a bat, Carl Crawford (hamstring) has been cleared to start in left field, and Trayce Thompson (back) has been cleared to help the Dodgers in any capacity today, though he isn’t in the starting lineup. Good news all around for a trio of players who have dealt with injuries in the last week.
Here’s more from Dave Roberts:
The last time Carl Crawford faced Noah Syndergaard, he went 0-for-3 with a double play groundout. None of the three outs left the infield.
It wasn’t the first (or the last) 0-fer of Crawford’s career, but it came in Game 2 of last year’s National League Division Series. Those were Crawford’s only career plate appearances against Syndergaard, who starts tonight for the Mets.
Crawford owns a .190/.222/.286 slash line this season, while his de facto platoon partner, Trayce Thompson, has home runs in consecutive games. Seems like an opportune time for night off, right? Dave Roberts chimed in on Crawford’s hitting and how he plans to use the 34-year-old outfielder:
When he wasn’t fighting mascots in St. Petersburg, Kiké Hernandez (center) was attending to strange noises in his hotel room. (Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A haunted hotel occupies the postage stamp-sized downtown of this, the 79th largest-city in America. More remarkably, so does the home stadium of a Major League Baseball team.
Teams visiting St. Petersburg to play the Tampa Bay Rays have many options when choosing a hotel in the area, and they often pick the haunted one.
The Vinoy Hotel was built in 1925. It expanded in 1992 to include a picturesque tower, which is not haunted by all accounts. Depending on where you stay, then, your visit to the Vinoy might not be very eventful.
Kiké Hernandez had an eventful night Monday.
Carl Crawford has spent 16 days on the disabled list this year with a back injury after missing 75 games last year with an oblique injury. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers activated Carl Crawford
from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. He’s starting in left field and batting seventh against the Miami Marlins, who will send right-handed pitcher Tom Koehler
to the mound. Crawford has never faced Koehler in his career.
DENVER — Outfielder Carl Crawford and pitcher Louis Coleman will be added to the Dodgers’ roster for tomorrow’s game against the Miami Marlins. That means that two spots will have to be cleared after today’s game against the Colorado Rockies.
The Dodgers have carried eight relievers all this week, which manager Dave Roberts said would be the case prior to their road trip to Atlanta and Denver. It’s possible if not likely that this will change once the Dodgers return home. Zach Lee is an obvious candidate to return to Triple-A; I explained why in today’s notebook.
Three other relievers (Adam Liberatore, J.P. Howell and Luis Avilan) throw left-handed, and it isn’t often that a team keeps three lefties in a seven-man bullpen. Liberatore and Avilan can both be optioned to the minors. The Marlins have five left-handed hitting position players — more than most teams — so it isn’t inconceivable that Liberatore and Avilan both stay. It just seems unlikely based on precedent.
File all of this under the category of “educated guess.”