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Carl Crawford expected to be ready for Opening Day

Nov 12, 2012, 8:22 PM EDT

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Carl Crawford was limited to just 31 games in the majors this season prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery on his left elbow in August. Pitchers usually need around a year to get back into game action, but position players can return sooner. That’s what the Dodgers are hoping for, anyway.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times this evening that he expects Crawford to be ready for Opening Day if he can avoid setbacks. If he can do it, he would be just over eight months removed from the surgery.

There was some chatter over the weekend that the Dodgers were pursuing Torii Hunter with Crawford and Matt Kemp coming off surgeries, but that would make him a pretty expensive insurance policy, especially with Andre Ethier still on the roster. Hunter is drawing plenty of interest right now and is likely to sign with a club where he has a defined full-time role.

Crawford was acquired from the Red Sox at the end of August along with Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto. The 31-year-old outfielder still has five years and $102.5 million remaining on his contract.

  1. raysfan1 - Nov 12, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    I hope he is ready, and tears up the NL next year.

  2. kkolchak - Nov 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    No doubt he’ll be “in the best shape of his life.”

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Right, because he was so great at avoiding setbacks last year. Good luck with this guy, LA.

  4. pisano - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    The Dodgers are chomping at the bit for Carl’s .255 BA. He’s a great catch at 22 mil. per.

  5. jayquintana - Nov 13, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Boston was the worst place for him — and Gonzalez. I would be surprised if both guys don’t do very well next year.

  6. xpensivewinos - Nov 13, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Damn, the Dodgers REALLY wanted Nick Punto, in order to take on all that salary, huh? :)

  7. stex52 - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    I hope the kid has a big comeback year. This has got to be grinding on him as much as it is on the fans.

  8. teaspoon1731 - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    I seem to recall this headline last winter, yet we didn’t see him until July. Although I do believe Crawford will have a great comeback year, forgive my skeptism in thinking it won’t begin as soon as he thinks.

  9. j0esixpack - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    #1. Thank you Dodgers from taking that albatross of a contract off he Sox hands.

    A change of scenery may do Crawford good. Even if he does well in LA I think we know he couldn’t handle the pressure of a big media market like Boston

    Luckily, he’s now playing in a small, low key media market like Los Angeles. 😉

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