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Carl Crawford sitting out Dodgers’ second game

Apr 2, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

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Carl Crawford appeared in only 31 games in 2012 and battled elbow inflammation this spring, so the Dodgers are treating him with extra care early on.

According to beat writer Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the outfielder is on the bench for the Dodgers’ second regular-season game Tuesday night against the rival Giants. Jerry Hairston Jr. will start in left field and bat out of the leadoff spot vs. San Francisco left-hander Madison Bumgarner.

Crawford went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the Dodgers’ season-opening victory Monday over the Giants. But right-hander Matt Cain started that game. Crawford owns an .811 career OPS against righties and a .688 career OPS against southpaws.

  1. kjericho43 - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Best.
    Trade.
    Ever.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Seriously Dodger fans….you are really going to enjoy watching this guy play every other month.

  3. dondada10 - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Yasiel Puig.

    Paging Yasiel Puig.

  4. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Poor Carl…he thought he was leaving all the drama behind in Boston. Now this price of hack journalism by Hernandez.

    Hope you and Gonzalez have fine seasons in LA.

    • Jon Weisman - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      Can someone explain to me how posting the Dodger starting lineup in a tweet is hack journalism?

      • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        My bad, I was meaning to say Silva, not Hernandez.

        So sorry Dylan…didn’t intend to slander ya.

  5. boyofzimmer - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Wow, a player returning from injury and missing most of the spring being eased back into the lineup; breaking news or trolling? You’re better than this Drew!

    • kingscourt25 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      seriously, how is this even news?

  6. papacrick - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Must be nice to win the lottery and convince a MLB team let you play for them

  7. soxfan34110 - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Love the ‘sunglasses perched on his dome while in a batting stance” look. Only thing better would be if he had a mixed drink in one hand. Was this actually a formal pic?

  8. pisano - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    He has to be one of the biggest free agent flops of all time. It’s hard to believe Boston found a trading partner with Crawford included in the deal. Let’s not forget this was Boy Blunders ( Theo’s ) baby. One hell of a swan song.

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