Dodgers' Carl Crawford Should be Ready on Opening Day

Carl Crawford is often the forgotten piece of the blockbuster trade last season between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers.  This is largely due to the fact that he was injured and has yet to make his on-field debut for the Dodgers.  Los Angeles expects Crawford to be recovered and ready to make that debut on Opening Day, though.

According to Mark Saxson of ESPN Los Angeles, Crawford has begun a throwing program meaning his availability for Opening Day is more likely.  In fact, Dodgers' president Stan Karsten feels confident that Crawford will be in the lineup when the season begins.

"At no time has he felt he wouldn't be ready for Opening Day," Kasten said. "That's exactly how we feel."
Crawford played most of last season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.  He was eventually shut down by the Red Sox and underwent Tommy John surgery.  Fortunately for position players, the recovery time from Tommy John is much less than that of pitchers.

Crawford signed a huge free-agent deal with the Boston Red Sox after a successful nine seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays.  However, he failed to live up to expectations with Boston.  He hit just .260/.292/.419 in 161 games over two seasons.  Overall, Crawford is a .292/.332/.441 hitter in his 11-year career.

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