One of the Dodgers' two rehabbing outfielders could be ready to see his first Cactus League action. But it won't be Carl Crawford.
Crawford's recovery from Tommy John surgery last August, has been put on hold because of tightness in his left forearm. Crawford hit against live pitching in batting practice Monday but has been limited since. He has done no throwing or swinging the past two days.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly called it a "pause" not a setback in Crawford's recovery.
"We've had him doing so much and this guy is a working machine," Mattingly said of Crawford, one of the first players at the training complex each day. "We don't know if maybe he threw a little too much or too hard the other day. But Sue (Falsone, Dodgers trainer) tells me it's not uncommon to be going through little things like this here and there. We still have plenty of time before opening day so we're going to be cautious with him."
Crawford said the soreness in his forearm flared up two days ago "after a long day of doing everything pretty much."
"I don't think it's anything too crazy," he said. "But everyone wants to be careful.
"From what I'm hearing (about returning from Tommy John surgery), this kind of stuff is going to happen. I wouldn't be surprised if it happens again. We just have to stay on top of it and get back on track once you get through it."
With a month still to go before opening day, Crawford said he does not consider being shut down for a few days now a serious problem.
"I don't think of it as a major setback or anything," he said. "If I had to, I still feel I could do the things I need to."
Meanwhile, Matt Kemp (returning from shoulder surgery last October) will likely be in the lineup for Friday's split-squad game against the Padres at Camelback Ranch. Mattingly said he would make a decision after he sees how Kemp feels in the morning following Thursday's workout.
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Orange County Register | Mar 1