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Carl Crawford takes one small step toward return 86

The Dodgers have invested a lot (from prospects, to cold hard cash) in winning in the short term, and Carl Crawford figures to be a big part of that.  Red flags went up all over the place when he was shut down a couple of weeks ago as he tries to recover from reconstructive elbow surgery.  Crawford took a major step today in facing live, major league pitching in Glendale, Arizona, and came out apparently no worse for the wear.  Los Angeles Times beat writer Dylan Hernandez tweeted:

Major questions remain over when he might be able to throw again, since he plays in a League that doesn’t have the Designated Hitter.  But at least this was one positive sign.  The Dodgers have enough talent to hang around for the first month or two, but unseating the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants will take all hands on deck, and Crawford is a big hand.

-Dave (@lhd_on_sports)

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