As Carl Crawford approaches his return from the disabled list, the Dodgers' outfield overcrowding is about to resurface as an issue.

Crawford is not promised an everyday job when he comes back. So, although the Dodgers have considered whether to activate him as soon as he can play, Crawford said he wants to go on a minor league rehabilitation assignment.

"I think I'd be a little rusty," Crawford said. "In the situation I'm in, I can't afford to come back rusty."

Crawford, on the disabled list with a sprained ankle, said Monday that he has not regained full strength and "explosiveness" in the ankle. He is eligible to be activated Thursday, although that date now appears to be too soon.

Crawford has started 35 of the Dodgers' 64 games in left field. However, as soon as he went on the disabled list May 28, the Dodgers installed Matt Kemp as the everyday left fielder.

"I don't know what I'm going to play when I get back," Crawford said. "I just don't really know what my situation is going to be."

If Kemp hits, then what might that mean for Crawford?
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Tell Hollywood to relax, cash his checks and give Lozado a good spin in the hay every day. Why this guy was taken in that Boston trade is beyond comprehension.
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at 7:54 AM June 10, 2014

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"I don't know," he said. "I want to take care of my part. If I was a guessing man, I would say they will go with whoever is hitting."

The Dodgers have said Andre Ethier is the everyday center fielder, but Crawford isn't so sure.

"If 'Dre is not hitting, something else is going to happen," Crawford said. "If 'Dre struggles, he is not going to play.