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Carl Crawford takes batting practice against teammates, calls it “a step in the right direction”

Mar 12, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT

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From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:

Carl Crawford faced relievers Kenley Jansen and J.P. Howell on Tuesday, marking the first time he took live batting practice against major league pitchers since he was shut down two weeks ago.

“A step in the right direction,” said Crawford, who resumed working out last week.

Crawford began experiencing forearm tightness in late February that is thought to be related to the Tommy John reconstructive elbow procedure that he had last August. He told reporters after Tuesday’s live batting practice session that his timing with the bat “wasn’t as far off as I would expect it to be.”

Crawford is unlikely to be ready for the start of the regular season, but a mid-April Dodgers debut is possible if he avoids further setbacks. The 31-year-old outfielder was traded from Boston to Los Angeles last summer in the blockbuster deal that also saw Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto move west. Crawford inked a seven-year, $142 million free agent contract with the Red Sox in December 2010.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Don’t get your hopes up Dodgers fans. I expect some “soreness” or “discomfort” in your future.

    Signed, Red Sox fans who have seen this before.

    • manchestermiracle - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      Dodger fans will take the possibility of some “soreness” or “discomfort” over that festering open wound called the Red Sox any day….

  2. pisano - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    The biggest bust of free agency. God only knows how many injuries are on his horizon.

    • manchestermiracle - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:33 AM

      A sterling career before hurting his wrist in Boston and then having Tommy John surgery. He had no real medical issues until he went to the BoSox. Maybe you should wait until he actually plays for the Dodgers before you declare him a bust. Here’s hoping your god isn’t as pessimistic and critical as you are…

      • turdfurgerson68 - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:53 AM

        As Red Sox fan #1, I can’t understand all the hate directed at Crawford. Sure, he sucked as a member of the Sox, but he’s a good guy AND his contract is out of our hair now.

        Good luck in LA Carl, hope you do well.

  3. Glenn - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    As long as he is not facing the Boston press core he should be ok. Shaughnessy and company have a “mean” fastball that probably can’t be matched in the NL west.

    • jwbiii - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      Plaschke and Simers do just fine.

  4. hitdog042 - Mar 13, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    The Dodgers only owe him 100M. Great trade. (Sarcasm)

  5. psousa1 - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    The biggest thing I took away from his time in Boston was how badly he lost it as a defensive player.

    Boston, NY and Baltimore 3 of the easiest LF’s to cover – not very big but he looked like he was chasing a falling leaf

  6. sidelineshot - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    He is all yours LA. You can spin it any way you like.
    100 million … ouch !!!

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