Dodgers’ Carl Crawford confident he’ll be ready Opening Day

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford is participating in baseball-related activities, but he still has a ways to go in his recovery from Tommy John surgery he underwent in August. Even so, the veteran is confident that he’ll be ready by Opening Day, according to Ken Gurnick of

While Crawford believes he’ll be ready by the start of the regular season, he’s not sure in what capacity the Dodgers will elect to use him initially. He views himself as an everyday player, but Los Angeles could decide to ease him back into a regular role.

Crawford isn’t experiencing any pain in his elbow, just basic muscle fatigue. He’s throwing from up to 90 feet and hitting off a tee, and he hopes to move along to live pitching in the next few days.

The Dodgers acquired Crawford along with Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Nick Punto and cash from the Boston Red Sox last summer in exchange for Allen Webster, Ivan De Jesus, James Loney, Rubby De La Rosa and Jerry Sands.

Crawford struggled with the Red Sox, hitting only .260/.292/.419 over 664 plate appearances. Still, the 31-year-old owns a career batting line of .292/.332/.441 over 11 seasons in the majors. 

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