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Dodgers' Carl Crawford takes live batting practice

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Carl Crawford
Crawford was able to face some live pitching on Tuesday. (Getty Images)

Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford took live batting practice on Tuesday for the first time since being shut down with nerve irritation in his elbow two weeks ago, reports Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. He faced relievers Kenley Jansen and J.P. Howell.

“A step in the right direction,” said Crawford, who was encouraged by how he felt. “Your timing at this point is never going to be the way you want it, but it wasn't as far off as I would expect it to be, either ... You have to speed your hands up a little bit more, get ready a little early.”

Crawford, 31, had Tommy John surgery last season and was expected to be ready in time for opening day before the setback. He hit just .282/.306/.479 with three homers and five steals in 31 games for the Red Sox last year before blowing out his elbow, and he didn't play with the Dodgers at all after being acquired in the August blockbuster trade.

Crawford is still owed $107.7 million in the remaining five years on his contract.

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