Outfielder Carl Crawford was activated from the 15-day disabled list yesterday, but he was not placed in the Dodgers’ lineup last night. Crawford had been placed on the DL with a strained left hamstring. The Dodgers optioned Scott Van Slyke to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for Crawford on the roster.
Crawford injured his hamstring on June 1 while running out a double against the Colorado Rockies and was placed on the DL the following day. Prior to being injured, Crawford was hitting .301 with nine stolen bases and 13 RBIs in 51 games. During his absence, the Dodgers had a 17-13 record.
The Dodgers’ outfield remains crowded as Crawford and Matt Kemp are now healthy, but Yasiel Puig and Andre Ethier are also key players for the Dodgers’ defense. However, Ethier has been struggling with knee soreness, so the timing of Crawford’s return may be what the Dodgers need to keep from exhausting their outfielders.