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Carl Crawford almost ready to begin facing live pitching

Feb 12, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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An update here on the Dodgers’ Carl Crawford.

According to beat writer Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Crawford is throwing at a distance of 90 feet and taking regular swings off a tee at the Dodgers’ spring training complex in Arizona without any pain or discomfort in his surgically-repaired left elbow.

Crawford hopes to begin facing live pitching within the next couple of days and told reporters on Tuesday afternoon in camp that he is “confident” he will be ready for the beginning of the 2013 regular season.

Crawford has batted just .260/.292/.419 with 14 home runs, 23 stolen bases and 75 RBI in 664 plate appearances since signing a seven-year, $142 million free agent contract with the Red Sox before the start of the 2011 campaign. The 31-year-old outfielder was traded to Los Angeles last summer.

  1. riverace19 - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Dodgers fans are going to be very disappointed in what all that $$ looks like on the field. Kershaw and Greinke will get them 2nd place in NL West but I’m feeling like that’s their ceiling.

    • octagoncito - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      Hey guys let’s not forget this also gave us a reason to get rid of JAMES LONEY which was an upgrade by having him leave! Anything gonzo has done is more than loney. With crawford all we can do is hope! But to me he is what we have to pay for in order to get gonzo and beckett. I’m Ok with that.

      • captainwisdom8888 - Feb 13, 2013 at 3:54 AM

        he is by far the LEAST valuable player in all of professional sports. He makes 20million a year to literally be good for nothing. Trout is the MOST valuable athlete in professional sports. He makes 900k to be arguably the leagues MVP

        yea…

  2. tfbuckfutter - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Break a leg.

    Wait, what I meant is….he’ll probably end up breaking a leg.

  3. kjericho43 - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Best.
    Trade.
    Ever.

  4. losanginsight - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Pretty sure that Carl will bounce back in LA. Who really wants to play in a racist city like Boston? Carl will be out there opening day producing infront of a multi-cultural fan base and will be welcomed.

    • kjericho43 - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:08 PM

      Seriously dude? Playing the race card? He’s just injury prone and sucks.

      • raysfan1 - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:33 PM

        .292/.332/.441 with a .774 OPS does not “suck.” We’ll see how he bounces back from major injury.

      • pisano - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        kjerico43….Good call, The Red Sox were lucky as hell that someone, anyone would take this loser. Just wait and see, he’ll lay an egg in Los Angeles too.

    • tfbuckfutter - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      Umm….Carl Crawford did when they paid him a crap ton of money and then he immediately forgot how to play baseball and then he started falling apart.

      And raysfan, and OPS+ of 105 does KINDA suck…..at least when you’re paying someone $20 million a year and he doesn’t steal bases anymore.

      • raysfan1 - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        I agree he’s not worth $20 million. So did my Rays. It’s not his fault the Red Sox went nuts and grossly overpaid him based on a career year. However, a 105 OPS+ still makes him better than average and thus does not even “kinda suck.” Now, it’s quite possible his new reality will not be as an above average player due to his injuries the past couple years, but that remains to be seen.

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:40 PM

        105+ isn’t particularly above average.

        In fact, it’s probably well within the bell curve of “average”.

        For comparison, Shannon Stewart’s career OPS+ is 106 and I don’t ever remember people clamoring to sign him.

        And you’re right, it’s not his fault the Theo (and the entire market) overvalued him….it IS his fault he was completely useless even before he started falling apart. 85+ his first year. Pathetic.

    • drelms - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:57 AM

      Hey losanginblind, if Boston is so racist how do you explain the love they have for the Celtics, almost no white player ever on the court yet the City and many other fans love them. Let’s face it my man Carl is a good player when healthy but for some reason his hurting ass always gets paid well.

  5. themagicfanguy - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Yeah, because we all know that LA is such an empathetic and kind city… Idiot.

  6. cowboysoldiertx - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    I’m hoping he rebounds. I dont think he has to have a huge season for LA to contend but he has to stay on the field and be decent.

  7. fukpittsburgh - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    he’s gonna blow this year

  8. sportsnut101 - Feb 13, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    He’s just counting his money all the way to the bank
    Baseball needs a new contract where players that hit below a certain number get a payout. As long as their not injured

  9. riverace19 - Feb 13, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    This guy e.g. Hundreds of other free agents contracts are why baseball will go to more performance based contracts in the future… Aligning with other sports. Mark my words

  10. thepoolshark - Feb 13, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    He is about to face “live” pitching”

    Call me when he is going to face “dead” pitching.

    I’ll pay good money to see that…..

  11. wolfwrack - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    As a Boston fan, we all got together and pitched in for his ticket outta town. What a prima donna! Good luck with Chronic Crawford (always hurt)!

  12. stackers1 - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    The Sox only signed him because the Yankees were interested.

  13. losanginsight - Feb 13, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Too bad Red Sox have to over pay players to go there. It’s not Carls fault they offered him 20 mill a year. To the Dodgers new owners it’s a non issue. I’ve been to Boston and the only black people there are on the Celtics. Carl and Gonzo were never happy playing there. They will produce for LA. Boston fans have bigger problems than players that are no longer on the team. Right now it looks like they are looking up at NY, O’s , and the Jay’s for a few years..Sox fans easily forget how much they had to pay and beg an injured Big Poppi to come back? Money is no issue for LA.

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