Two things I want to emphasize that might not be clear on the surface:
1. Crawford wasn’t removed for precautionary reasons tonight. As he explained in my story, he was in genuine pain.
2. It’s really difficult to know what to make of the Puig-Kemp thing. Could be something, could be nothing. Could be something that happens all the time between closed doors, could be something that never happened before today. Again, we don’t really know. The truth is probably somewhere in between; if it was nothing it wouldn’t have gotten caught on camera and Don Mattingly wouldn’t have been nervously laughing and sipping water after the game:
That’s not good however you paint it, but it’s not enough to draw broad brushstrokes about the Dodgers’ team chemistry. It’s two emotionally charged teammates who didn’t see eye-to-eye in Game 150. Maybe it lingers, maybe it doesn’t. We’ll see.
Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford has returned to Los Angeles to meet with Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Crawford’s rehab from a sprained left ankle recently stalled at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona to the point where he could no longer hit or run.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Crawford underwent an MRI on his ankle but the team hasn’t announced the results or updated Crawford’s diagnosis.
“I’m not quite sure where the setback came,” Mattingly said. “He was running pretty well a couple weeks ago.”
Crawford sprained the ankle May 27 and has been on the 15-day disabled list since.
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.” Continue reading →
Matt Kemp has started the Dodgers’ last eight games in left field. (Associated Press)
Carl Crawford took a few steps closer to rejoining the Dodgers. They were quick steps, too, which is encouraging.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Crawford is about 80-85 percent healthy in his recovery from a sprained left ankle that landed him on the disabled list May 28. Mattingly couldn’t say for certain, but “we’re hoping he’ll be ready when he’s due to come off. I think it’s the last game of the Cincinnati series (June 12).”
Kemp, who is struggling with a career-low .243 batting average and has just four hits in his past 34 at-bats, has been spelling Crawford in left. It figures once Crawford is ready to play, Kemp will be the odd man out.
Mattingly wouldn’t go there. Actually, he wouldn’t go anywhere with it.
“We don’t have to talk about that now,” he said. “I don’t want to right now.”
What about a platoon situation with Crawford and Kemp?
“I’m not thinking about any of that right now,” said Mattingly, who said his current thinking was centered more on how his team can put together some victories.
Prepare for a Canadian invasion when the Dodgers host the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.
New Dodgers third baseman Jamie Romak waited almost 11 years from the time he was drafted until the time he was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster Wednesday. A veteran of 1,069 minor-league games, Romak joined the Dodgers on Wednesday as Carl Crawford was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle.
After such a long wait to reach the major leagues, what’s a little flight from London, Ontario, Canada to Los Angeles for Romak’s wife? Or his mom, sister, brother and friends?
“Once it sunk in it was really emotional,” the 28-year-old said. “I called my wife, my mom and she started crying. I started tearing up. Everything you wish it would be.” Continue reading →