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Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford unlikely to make spring debuts until early March

Feb 23, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

Matt Kemp Carl Crawford AP

The Dodgers begin their exhibition schedule this afternoon against the White Sox, but they’ll be doing it without two members of their projected outfield. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said yesterday that Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford likely won’t make their spring debuts until the early part of March.

Kemp is currently working his way back from offseason surgery on his left shoulder. He’s taking part in all baseball activities, so Mattingly has a rough target date of around March 1 to get him into game action.

As for Crawford, he’s still on a conservative throwing program as he continues his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. His debut will likely come a bit later than Kemp.

Kemp and Crawford will likely be eased into game action out of the DH spot before getting back into the field, but both players are expected to be ready for Opening Day.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Crawford will make his debut in early March, be shut down in mid-April, return after the All-Star break and then be shut down again in early August.

    Bank on it.

    • pisano - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Sounds about right, but in case you’re wrong, that .255 BA will be worth every penny LA paid for this chump.

  2. djjackson81 - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    I like how Boston dumped all there Salary bs on Dodgers. Gonzales was the only prize in that mess

  3. senioreditor2 - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    As long as they’re playing in October is all I care about.

  4. captainwisdom8888 - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    enough has been said about crawford. Hes one of the biggest overpaid busts in league history. Kemp on the other hand, can literally be the best hitter in baseball if hes healthy. with hanley and gonz in the lineup now, this team can put up big numbers. Do i take an injury prone Kemp with the 4th overall pick in my fantasy draft tho? I have my doubts

  5. moseskkim - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Dodgers have enough money that ya’ll don’t need to worry. A-gon is a premier hitter and gonna be a huge figure for the Latin American community.. Beckett can pitch well in a pitcher friendly ball park and Crawford can play without pressure. Money ain’t an issue.

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