A pair of Dodgers outfielders are going in different directions in their comeback from surgery. Carl Crawford was held out of batting practice and throwing drills on Thursday with left forearm tightness, while Matt Kemp is getting closer to playing in a game, which could come as soon as Friday.

"I don't know if it's a step back or just a pause for Carl," said manager Don Mattingly.

Crawford, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his left elbow last Aug. 23, took batting practice against live pitchers on Monday, but hasn't been able to do so in the last two days. On Thursday morning when hitting off the tee in the batting cage, Crawford felt tightness in his forearm, and was shut down.

"We don't know if he threw a little too much or hard the other day, but as Sue (Falsone, Dodgers trainer) tells me it's not uncommon to be going through this," Mattingly said. "We still look at it like we have plenty of time before opening day, so we're going to be cautious with him."