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Carl Crawford shut down with nerve irritation, status for Opening Day in question

Mar 1, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Carl Crawford won’t hit or throw for at least a week because of forearm tightness, manager Don Mattingly announced today.

Players taking time off with aches and pains is a very common occurrence early in spring training, but in Crawford’s case it’s a much bigger worry because it’s related to his Tommy John elbow surgery last year. For now the Dodgers are saying he has “minor nerve irritation” and the ligament isn’t an issue.

Mattingly told Eric Stephen of SB Nation that the setback “challenges” Crawford’s status for Opening Day, which is now very much in question.

Crawford played just 31 games last season and didn’t appear in a game for the Dodgers after coming over in the Adrian Gonzalez-led blockbuster trade/salary dump. He’s owed $20 million for this season and has more than $100 million remaining on his contract.

  1. El Bravo - Mar 1, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Are the BoSox still paying part of that salary or did they dump it entirely on LA?

    • chill1184 - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Dodgers took on the entire contract I believe

      • El Bravo - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        Thanks. Not sure why I get thumbs down for asking a question but c’est la vie.

      • teebob2000 - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        @El Bravo – combination of Bosox and Dodgers fans. :-)

      • fredverd - Mar 1, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        I knew Crawford had blinding speed, but his ability to “steal” the title of “Mr. Glass” from Nick Johnson is impressive.
        It didn’t bother me too much that he was constantly on the DL while with the Sawx (Yankee fan), but now that he has moved away I actually feel sad–Carl seems like a really nice guy.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      It’s not much, but according to Cots the Sox are sending over:

      Beckett – $1.25M (’13-’14)
      Crawford – $857K (’13-’18)
      Gonzalez – $857K (’13-’17)

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        Most MLB trades that involve cash only allow for an amount that will cover the team option year buyout fee.

      • dan1111 - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        @unclemosesgreen, however strictly speaking this isn’t “sending cash” but covering part of the departed players’ salary. Teams can and do cover large amounts of salary in trades.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        Most MLB trades that involve cash only allow for an amount that will cover the team option year buyout fee.

        Is that true? The Rangers were sending the Yanks anywhere from $7-8M a year when they traded Arod. They only stopped when Arod opted out thus cancelling the contract.

  2. kjericho43 - Mar 1, 2013 at 11:56 AM


    • jcmeyer10 - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      The Legend of Ben Cherington is grows every day Crawford spends on the DL.

      • dan1111 - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        A key part of being a legendary GM is creating a team that is actually good. We shall see about that.

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        I think even Ben Cherington would admit that the deal sort of came on a platter, and he was only just smart enough to say yes without passing out.

      • jcmeyer10 - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        Dan: I see what you guys are saying but if he is able to turn this team around, there will be no question where it started.

        Uncle: he still had to pull the trigger. Maybe he thought Valentine was the real problem and decided to keep them.

      • dan1111 - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        @jcmeyer, I am a Sox fan, and I hope he does turn the team around. But most observers were not impressed by the Sox’ offseason moves. Also, making a good deal with a team that is overpaying for everyone in sight is not that hard (as Moses points out).

      • craigbhill - Mar 1, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        Cherrington is collecting a lot of garbage, the kind of which Colletti used to find out back in the dumpster, including Dodger reject Shane Victorino.

        Beckett is now pitching a lot better again, AGon has found his stroke, even Punto is playing decently. Only Crawford is lingering. If he doesn’t play better than he did in Bawston when he gets back, his contract will be eaten by the owners who can afford to, and he’ll be shipped back to TB for prospects.

      • odj810 - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        not impressed with there offseason? are you one of those crazy people that wanted to sign hamilton. Look at the yankee’s all those inflated contracts will start to hurt in the end. I’m completely happy watching them build up there system. infusing homegrown talent. and trying to pick the right pieces to fill the needs. When a bigtime player becomes available that fits your mo then go get him. that being said i think they will be exciting this year but probably not inline for a shot at the ship. Be patient.

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      yeah, for saux, I said it when I saw it flashing across espn, wtf, wtf is running the Dodgers.
      this trade will hurt for many years and they gave saux some young players too.

      • craigbhill - Mar 1, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        This trade is working out fantastically for the Dodgers. The only flaw might be Crawford. Still, considering the owners can afford it, it was worth it to get Adrian. The way i look at it, we get Beckett too, whose ambition and pride has come back to him (2012 ERA in LA of 2.95).

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 1, 2013 at 6:09 PM

        The way i look at it, we get Beckett too, whose ambition and pride has come back to him (2012 ERA in LA of 2.95).

        Except Beckett’s peripherals were almost the exact same:

        ’12 –
        Bos – 17.2 K%, 7.0 BB%, .294 BABIP
        LAA – 20.8 K%, 7.7 BB%, .302 BABIP

        Here’s what changed:

        Bos – 65.3 Left on Base %
        LAA – 82.0 Left on Base %

        He was getting the same number of base runners, slightly more K’s, but almost 4/5 base runners were stranded instead of 3/5 while with Bos. When he has a good ERA, his strand rate is high, when he has a bad one it’s usually low. His peripherals have been very consistent throughout his career save that one stat.

  3. losanginsight - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    No biggie.. Yasiel Puig will see more pitches.

  4. kingscourt25 - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Means more Puig so I’m not complaining as a Dodger fan

  5. elmo - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Alex Castellanos’ chances just went up.

  6. Chris Fiorentino - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM


  7. Jack Marshall - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Getting rid of huge long-term contracts on a rapidly aging, weenie outfielder and a rapidly declining ass-hole starting pitcher for the supposed “real” loss of giving up an over-rated, over-paid, emotional slug of a first baseman as badly matched to the local baseball environment as J.D. Drew was really is the “best trade ever.” I still can’t believe it. But then, they took Manny, too, so the Red Sox knew where to pass the trash.

    • craigbhill - Mar 1, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      Yer an idiot. Watch from afar these guys kill all year.

      Fact is your franchise will suck this season too. The RSox days of trying to stay ahead of the Yankees has been reduced to finishing 4th to their 5th, if you’re lucky.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:55 PM

        I sincerely hope Gonzo, Crawford, and Beckett all have fine seasons (and careers) with the Dodgers…no ill will towards them or LA at all.

        That being said, I sooo glad Cherington made that trade.

        Thank you Coletti.

  8. tfbuckfutter - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:19 PM


    • Jack Marshall - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM


  9. aceshigh11 - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    What a disaster this guy turned out to be.

    He fell off a cliff as soon as he turned 29. Those legs aren’t going to age well going into his 30s…Ricky Henderson, he is not.

    Sad. Guy had a great career but I don’t see him bouncing back given his skill set.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      This is why I do not get carried away about the punks. I prefer veterans with strong longevity.

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        Crawford has been in the bigs since 2002. When does he get to be a veteran, in your eyes?

      • indaburg - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        Is this sarcasm? Sometimes my detector is off.

      • aceshigh11 - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        I never got the sense that he was a punk, and he was a HELLUVA player for almost 10 years.

        He just has a skill set that tends to deteriorate more quickly with age.

      • skerney - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        So you didn’t like The Clash and were more of an Andy Gibb fan?

  10. thomas844 - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Grady Sizemore 2.0

  11. hojo20 - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    CC tore his arm up from putting the pen down after signing the Sox contract. He’s the biggest bum in MLB.

  12. poprox13 - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Well……… whats new?

  13. andyoursistertoo - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Somehow the Boston red soxs owners and manager are to blame for this. Don’t worry Carl , dodger fans will turn on you shortly ,

    • Chris Fiorentino - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Yeah, how soon until the “toxic L.A. environment” becomes the problem?

  14. ezthinking - Mar 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    This makes A. Soriano’s contract look like a steal.

  15. craigbhill - Mar 1, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    The Sox will be great again once Lackey is healthy.

  16. baseballbum - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Oh hello, need we revisit Jonny Gomes crashing into the wall minor injury now. He may do more this spring than Crawford does the whole year. Sorry Carl, you are probably a nice guy, but you ABSOLUTELY did the Redsox wrong. Enjoy LA.

  17. turdfurgerson68 - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Hope everyone involved in the trade does well…no need to hate on anyone.

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