Talent has never been a question for Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford. Staying healthy? Well, that’s a different story.
Blessed with All-Star talent but marred with a body seemingly constructed of glass, Crawford routinely finds himself in the training room and almost yearly experiences a setback that keeps him off the field for a significant amount of time.
That injury may have occurred on Tuesday night as Crawford, who has been extremely hot in recent weeks, suffered a left ankle injury and the prognosis isn’t good according to Crawford himself.
“It’s going to take a while,” Crawford said. “It swelled up pretty bad on me. It’s just one of those things you have to treat and hope that it recovers quick.”
Crawford’s ankle appeared to roll as he gave chase on a Chris Heisey double and the injury could be seen from the Dodgers bench.
“It didn’t look good,” said Manager Don Mattingly. “The video didn’t look good, Stan [Conte, head trainer] didn’t sound good. We always say we’ll wait until tomorrow to see, but it didn’t look good.”
Shockingly, severe ankle sprains can actually take more recovery time than a broken ankle and given Crawford’s known injury history and difficulty getting back on the field, it sounds as if he’ll be on the disabled list for a while.
He joins shortstop Hanley Ramirez on the shelf as he has been dealing with his own injury woes.
Los Angeles, who will place Crawford on the disabled list today, have yet to announce a corresponding move though many believe the team could call up Joc Pederson, especially if the Dodgers continue the yo-yo with Matt Kemp.