|Carl Crawford is angling for a healthy 2013. Dodgers GM Ned Colletti says he's on his way. (US Presswire)|
Dodgers GM Ned Colletti recently stopped doing snow angels in piles of cash long enough to say this:
Colletti expects Carl Crawford to be ready for Opening Day, barring any setbacks. #Dodgers— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) November 13, 2012
Crawford, a key part of the Dodgers' leveraged buyout of Boston's regrets, underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow in late August. Obviously, the time-table for a position player undergoing such a procedure is much shorter than that of a pitcher, so Colletti's estimations seem reasonable.
Needless to say, a Crawford renaissance in 2013 would be key to the Dodgers' very expensive hopes. Not only did LA left fielders last season combine to hit a fairly miserable .254/.325/.349, but the Dodgers are also committed to Crawford through 2017 at a minimum cost of $102.5 million.
It's worth noting Crawford hasn't been generally healthy since 2010, which was his last good season.