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Dodgers activate Carl Crawford, demote Scott Van Slyke

Jul 5, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

Carl Crawford AP

The Dodgers have activated outfielder Carl Crawford from the 15-day disabled list, reports Scott Miller of CBS Sports. To make room for Crawford on the roster, Scott Van Slyke has been demoted to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Crawford had been on the shelf since June 2 with a strained left hamstring. He appeared to be well on his way to a successful season after a subpar 2011 in his first year with the Red Sox and an injury-dampened 2012, but the off-injured outfielder felt sore after attempting to make a catch on May 30 against the Angels. To that point, Crawford was hitting .301 with 19 extra-base hits and nine stolen bases in 12 attempts.

Since hitting the ground running with his 2013 debut on May 10, posting a .989 OPS with six home runs in 60 PA through June 5, Van Slyke slumped. From June 6-30, he mustered a .535 OPS in 20 at-bats spread out over eight games.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    I’m assuming the Dodgers were at least wise enough to secure a round-trip bus ticket.

  2. acdc84 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    It’s hilarious how the Dodgers are paying about $57M per year for three outfielders, and if you could only play one OF per game they would all be benched in favor of a guy that two years ago was living in poverty trying to escape Cuba.

  3. pisano - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Tell Van Slyke not to unpack his bags, costly Carl will be on the DL again shortly. The leopard sheds the fur, but not the spots.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 6, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      When do you give up on the outpouring of hatred for Crawford? Do you think the longer you go the more logical you become? You have proven the absolute opposite to folks like me.

      You know, folks who stay stuff like, He’s not on your team anymore, and, Gee, I guess your team never should have signed him to a $15 million per year contract.

      But, yeah, keep wishing for bad things to happen to Crawford. Because that doesn’t make you look shallow, vengeful, or completely idiotic for that matter.

  4. theskinsman - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    Let’s see, it’s July…Crawford is due for a couple of games, then a lengthy vacation on the DL, coming back just in time to be a non factor at season’s end. Thank you LA, signed, A Red Sox Fan.

    • stevequinn - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      I’m one Red Sox fan who hated to see them trade Crawford. It was a big mistake. I hope he hits .350 with 30 HRs for the Dodgers.

  5. koufaxmitzvah - Jul 6, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    I really feel for these Boston fans. I mean, they have suffered long enough. I just don’t know why Crawford doesn’t retire so that the Chowderheads can give it a rest.

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