The Dodgers are either playing the splits early or Carl Crawford's elbow is bothering him. He sat out for the second-straight game to start the season yesterday. No real reason has been given for Crawford not being in the lineup, but considering his ongoing soreness after Tommy John surgery, it would seem the elbow is the real reason he hasn't played.
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reported before the game about Crawford's absence.
Carl Crawford out of #Dodgers lineup today: Hairston LF, M Ellis 2B, Kemp CF, Gonzalez 1B, Cruz 3B, Ethier RF, A Ellis C, Sellers SS, Ryu P.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) April 2, 2013
For now, it's probably not something for Dodgers' fans to be concerned about, but if Crawford continues to miss time, there is a real chance the Dodgers will have to consider a DL stint to open a roster spot. Crawford underwent surgery at the end of last season, but his recovery has taken longer than most expected it to.
Crawford is entering his first season with the Dodgers after being traded by the Red Sox. Crawford struggled throughout his days in Boston after posting fantastic numbers with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Dodgers are hoping he can return to his Tampa Bay form. Overall, Crawford is a .293/.332/.442 hitter.
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