Carl Crawford takes one small step toward return

  • David Whitlock

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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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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