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Carl Crawford could DH in Cactus League game on Sunday

Mar 16, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

Carl Crawford AP

Carl Crawford is getting close to appearing in his first game as a member of the Dodgers.

According to Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A., Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said this morning that Crawford is tentatively scheduled to make his Cactus League debut tomorrow as the designated hitter against the Padres. That’s assuming he makes it through a minor league game this afternoon with no issues.

“He’s sore leg-wise today. He’s only going to get three at-bats today,” Mattingly said. “It’s really more of a first time he’s played soreness. If everything goes well with that and he comes tomorrow and is good, we’re going to DH him.”

Crawford, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, logged some at-bats on the minor league side on Thursday and Friday. He has also played catch the past two days, his first throwing since he was shut down late last month due to some tightness in his left forearm.

While Crawford is beginning to make progress, his status for the start of the season is in doubt. Skip Schumaker and Jerry Hairston, Jr. will likely share left field duties if he needs more time.

  1. randygnyc - Mar 16, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Some would’ve preferred Monday.

    • 18thstreet - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      You’re an asshole. Craig, would you please ban this race-baiter?

      This has got to be the tenth time you’ve made this “joke.” It’s never been funny. Ever.

  2. iamjimmyjack - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Really good news…hope he is ready by opening day, but if not, the most important thing is that he is 100% from the time he comes back through the whole season.

  3. randygnyc - Mar 16, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    18th- I’m not the race baiter. I bring it up so as everyone will remember what bigoted jerk offs the Red Sox have for fans (if their management had their way, they’d have no blacks on their team. They practically have none now). Between that cop(that represents the majority of how New England fans think/feel) and Delmon Young, those are the two incidents that I will never let anyone here forget.

  4. hitdog042 - Mar 17, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    What do the Red Sox have to so with your idiot post? I mean. Wow. To even think what you said makes me sad for you.

  5. hitdog042 - Mar 17, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Btw. The Red Sox have a crap load of minorities including their top prospects. Please leave 1972. Personally I am insulted by YOU. There aren’t even that many African Americans in the game anymore. Blame the Red Sox. Moron.

  6. hitdog042 - Mar 17, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Where is your critique of Chicago? Between the two teams last year there was ONE AA player ( who also played for Boston, Byrd). 8.5% of players are black. Just go away because you are seriously uninformed and not very smart.

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