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It Must Be Baseball Season, Because Carl Crawford Is Hurting

carl_crawford_openingday2013There’s no such thing as “too many outfielders.” We’ve been saying that forever, but can we finally agree on that, please? We already know that Matt Kemp isn’t going to Australia, and until we hear about the results of his MRI test, we won’t even know when he’ll be cleared to run at full speed — which, remember, he has not done yet. There’s not currently a date for him to get into spring games.

And now, Carl Crawford is already dealing with “tightness in his right quad,” as relayed by Eric Stephen from Don Mattingly, which he felt was tight “all day” yesterday. It will keep him out of today’s game and tomorrow’s as well, with hopes to get back in on Saturday. The usual platitudes apply: It’s Feb. 27, there’s no need to rush anyone, even guys like Mike Baxter need to play in spring, etc. If this were the regular season, maybe Crawford would be fine to play. (Or maybe he’d push through it and injure himself further, which is usually what happens.)

Just remember: “too many outfielders” isn’t a problem until it’s a problem. Last year, when Skip Schumaker, Scott Van Slyke, Jerry HairstonChili Buss, Alex Castellanos, and Elian Herrera combined to start 99 games in the outfield, the problem was not enough outfielders. Until further notice, it’s still the same problem. If and when it is “too many” — if that ever happens, which I’m skeptical of — it’s a good problem to have. It’s better than this one.

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D’Backs (ss)
Dodgers
12:05pm PT
Glendale, Ariz.
CF
Campana
2B
Gordon
2B
Pennington
CF
Ethier
SS
Owings
SS
Ramirez
1B
Jacobs
1B
Gonzalez
RF
Tuiasosopo
RF
Puig
3B
Lamb
LF
Baxter
DH
Duncan
3B
Uribe
LF
Dorn
C
Federowicz
C
Gosewich
DH
Guerrero
P
Delgado
 
P
Greinke

Your lineups for today’s home opener against Arizona at right, with no A.J. Ellis, who is down with the flu, potentially from eating too much “Volcanic Jalapeno” jerky, which is a real thing. As with every other non split-squad game, the SNLA broadcast is available with no blackout concerns on MLB.tv.

Via J.P. Hoornstra, the reserves expected to see time today:

Miguel Rojas, Brendan Harris, Scott Van Slyke, Justin Turner, Miguel Olivo, Drew Butera, J.C. Boscan, Chris O’Brien, Griff Erickson, Chone Figgins, Joc Pederson, Chili Buss, Clint Robinson // Chris WithrowRed Patterson, Pedro Baez, Carlos Frias, Sam Demel, Jarret Martin, Daniel Moskos.


About

Mike wrote daily for over six long years (2007-13) about the Dodgers at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which was named 2011′s “Best Sports Blog” by LA Weekly. He can currently be found writing multiple times per week at FanGraphs and ESPN, has been a producer and editor for Sports on Earth, and built The Hardball Times. He lives in New York City and will probably be asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.


154 comments
West Coast Ram
West Coast Ram

What, firing Sue Falsone didn't immediately resolve the Dodger's continuous injury problems?  That's hard to believe.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

UGH. carlos delgado just struck out Hanley.

KMT59
KMT59

so are any streams working

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

lol. dee gordon flyout to left.

greinke injured.

things never change.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

can anybody verify is Carlos Quentin and Zack Greinke's baby cow had a history?!?

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

everybody's baby cows are getting strained!! LEAVE YOUR BABY COWS AT HOME

Jeremy_N
Jeremy_N

no radar gun again. SNLA issue not ballpark issue at the moment it would appear

Tired Maths Cat
Tired Maths Cat

it might not be anything serious, it could be a move to err on being overly cautious instead of the alternative.

Sad Towel
Sad Towel

@KMT59  I pee'd this morning just fine if that's what you're asking

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

Hmm. Looks harmless enough. Hope fill it isn't serious.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@P_F_P  knowing Conte, he probably put caffeine into the Gatorade instead of electrolytes