The clock is ticking on a pair of injured Dodgers stars trying to avoid starting the season on the disabled list.

Outfielder Carl Crawford and pitcher Zack Greinke seem intent on racing the clock.

Crawford, who hasn't appeared in a major-league game since Aug. 19 of last year, could make his spring training debut as the Dodgers' designated hitter today, manager Don Mattingly said.

"My timing's getting better," Crawford said Saturday morning. "I'm starting to track (the ball) a little bit."

If he had to hit in a major-league game today?

"I think I'd be OK," Crawford said.

The decision is contingent on how Crawford feels today after DHing in a minor-league game Saturday. The 31-year-old outfielder was shut down for six days earlier this month as he attempts to come back from Tommy John surgery on his left elbow last August.