Crawford ready to return to Dodgers lineup

After making several excellent defensive plays in left field and driving a bases-clearing double to center field during his third rehab game with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Tuesday night, Dodger left fielder Carl Crawford gave every indication that he is ready to return to the Dodgers lineup.

With the bases loaded in the 4th inning, Crawford lined a double to center field that cleared the bases in what ended up being a 6-5 win for the Quakes. (Photo credit - Ron Cervenka)

Crawford’s bases-clearing double helped the Quakes to an eventual 10-inning 6-5 win over the Inland Empire 66ers. (Photo credit – Ron Cervenka)

Crawford went 1 for 4 on the night, the most at bats he has had in any of his three rehab games thus far. He also flied out to left, scorched a line drive out to short (also with the bases loaded) and struck out swinging in his final plate appearance in the bottom of the 7th inning.

Although Crawford has done well with the bat through his three rehab starts thus far (4 for 10 with a double and 3 RBIs), it is his defense that was most impressive.

In the top of the 4th, 66ers first baseman Michael Snyder hit a sinking line drive single that landed just in front of a charging Crawford. Sixty-sixers second baseman Alex Yarbrough, who had doubled ahead of Snyder, rounded third and was preparing to head home when third base coach Brenton Del Chiaro put up the stop sign. It was a wise decision, as Crawford’s strong throw to the plate was right on target and Yarbrough would have easily been tagged out by Quakes catcher Pratt Maynard. This throw to the plate was by far the best throw I have seen Crawford make since he joined the Dodgers last August. Crawford, as you may recall, underwent shoulder surgery two days before being traded to the Dodgers from the Red Sox along with Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto.

Crawford made several defensive plays on Tuesday night including an over the shoulder catch again the wall. This catch here was a can of corn for the veteran left fielder. (Photo credit - Ron Cervenka)

Crawford made several excellent defensive plays on Tuesday evening including an over the shoulder running catch at the wall. This catch here was a can of corn for the veteran left fielder. (Photo credit – Ron Cervenka)

Although Crawford is scheduled to make one additional rehab start with the Quakes on Wednesday evening, he very well may be rejoining the Dodgers before Thursday’s series finale with the Rockies at Coors Field.

After coming out of the game at the end of the 7th inning, Crawford took time to sign autographs for fans before leaving Loan Mart Field. He also signed for fans prior to the game. (Photo credit - Ron Cervenka)

After coming out of the game at the end of the 7th inning, Crawford took time to sign autographs for fans before leaving Loan Mart Field. He also signed prior to the game. (Photo credit – Ron Cervenka)

 

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10 Responses to “Crawford ready to return to Dodgers lineup”

  1. OldBrooklynFan says:

    They say you never have enough pitching but can you have too many outfielders?

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