Carl Crawford's availability for spring training and beyond is in doubt after the Dodgers' left fielder was diagnosed with nerve irritation in his left arm. He will not be able to throw or hit for seven days. "It challenges Opening Day," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters in Glendale. Crawford flew Thursday night to Los Angeles to have his elbow examined by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The team said the irritation developed from increased intensity hitting live pitching and is not uncommon for a player attempting to return from Tommy John surgery. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery on Crawford's left (throwing) elbow last August. If Crawford begins the season on the disabled list, Skip Schumaker and Jerry Hairston might begin the season as part of a platoon in left field. Alex Castellanos is getting a long look in the outfield this spring, as is non-roster invitee Tony Gwynn. Opening Day is April 1 against the San Francisco Giants.
Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford experiences nerve irritation in left arm
L.A. Daily News | Mar 2