Carl Crawford hasn’t played for the Dodgers since April 27. He’s expected back from the disabled list Monday or Tuesday. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
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.
Carl Crawford went 2 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBIs for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday night. He’s up to 21 plate appearances since his minor league rehab began, but is still several games away from hitting the Dodgers’ prescribed target.
“Probably coming out of Colorado Springs we’ll give him a few days off, then play a few days after the break,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Kind of the 35-40 (plate appearance) range. Carl’s been out over two months. That’s basically winter. That’s starting over in our mind. He hadn’t played all winter, then he has a few at-bats, not that many.”
Since the Triple-A All-Star break runs concurrent to the major league All-Star break, Crawford won’t reach 35 plate appearances by the time the Dodgers begin play in Washington, D.C. after the break. However, he can be expected to join the Dodgers later during their road trip to D.C., Atlanta and New York.
Carl Crawford followed up his 3-for-4 performance for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday with a 1-for-3 performance Monday in which he scored twice. The rehabbing outfielder has now played four games since his minor-league assignment began, and would likely have played a fifth today if Oklahoma City’s game had not been postponed due to rain.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly provided a rough timetable for Crawford’s return to the major leagues before Tuesday’s game.