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Carl Crawford activated from disabled list; will return as a bench player

Jul 10, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

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Carl Crawford was the Dodgers’ primary left fielder prior to landing on the disabled list in late May with a left ankle sprain, but now he’s a really expensive bench player.

The Dodgers have officially activated Crawford from the disabled list for tonight’s game against Padres. However, now that Matt Kemp has taken over as the regular left fielder, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly doesn’t plan on making any changes with his lineup. This means that Kemp, Andre Ethier, and Yasiel Puig will remain the regular outfield alignment on most days.

Crawford, 32, was batting .267/.293/.400 with four home runs, 18 RBI, and nine stolen bases over 44 games prior to the injury. He’s still owed around $10 million for the remainder of this season, $20.25 million in 2015, $20.75 million in 2016, and $21 million in 2017.

  1. hojo20 - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Bum

  2. captaincanoe - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Owed that kind of money over all those years they better plan on getting him healthy and on the field.

    • genericcommenter - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      Or, as a baseball team, they could make a baseball decision and play the best players.

  3. irishlad19 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    The Red Sox breath a big sigh of relief, and thank Dodger management profusely!

  4. pinkfloydprism - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    All I have to say is… HA HA HA HA HA HA…. oh, and thanks for taking this contract LA.

  5. henryd3rd - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Why not call Theo and see if he’s interested in Carl’s services

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