Carl Crawford has now missed three out of the Dodgers last eight games thanks to a tight hamstring. Such an injury can turn into a chronic thing, just ask Jayson Werth who is battling something similar right now. Crawford was held out of Wednesday night's game because of the injury. He was able to pinch hit in the ninth, though.
According to Austin Laymance of MLB.com, manager Don Mattingly had planned to start Crawford last night, but he was clearly tight. The team didn't want to risk further injury, so Crawford was held out of the series finale. Crawford has had a tough time staying healthy since returning from the DL after his Tommy John surgery. This could simply be a product of not playing very often over the last year.
With the off-day today, the Dodgers decided it would be best to let Crawford sit and rest the hamstring. He will be re-evaluated today, and his status for Friday likely won't be determined until before the game.
"I had kind of planned on playing him today, but when he comes in and he's a little bit tight, it's better than playing him and he ends up pulling it," Mattingly said Wednesday afternoon. "He's a little bit tender, but I don't know about tender as far as it's felt like something's going on. We're being cautious with the off-day [Thursday]."
Crawford was part of the big trade with Boston that brought over Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett as well. Crawford was on the DL at the time of the trade after undergoing surgery to repair a torn UCL he had been playing with for much of the 2012 season.
The Red Sox signed Crawford as a free agent after his time in Tampa was done. He was given a huge contract, but Crawford never performed as well as he did in Tampa Bay. Overall, Crawford is a .293/.333/.442 hitter. He has looked a lot more like his old self when he's been able to play this season.
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