The Los Angeles Dodgers have shut down outfielder Carl
Crawford due to nerve irritation, an ailment that could cause the veteran to
start the season on the disabled list.
Don Mattingly said Carl Crawford's status for opening day is in question. "This challenges that."
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) March 1, 2013
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters, including Eric
Stephen of SB Nation, that Crawford’s latest setback puts his Opening Day in
question. He’s been shut down for at least a week as Los Angeles continues to
monitor the irritation.
Crawford underwent Tommy John surgery last season. Following
the procedure, the Dodgers said they expected the outfielder to be available
for the start of the 2013 season. Crawford echoed this sentiment last month,
saying he expected to return to the point where he could break camp with the
However, his latest setback may push back his Dodgers’ debut
even further. Los Angeles acquired Crawford along with fellow veterans Adrian
Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto from the Boston Red Sox last summer.
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