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Carl Crawford, Dan Haren join list of Dodgers not going to Australia

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Carl Crawford won't be with the Dodgers for their two-game opening series in Australia.
Carl Crawford won't be with the Dodgers for their two-game opening series in Australia. (USATSI)

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We already knew that center fielder Matt Kemp and No. 2 starter Zack Greinke weren't going to make the trip to Australia for the Dodgers in their two-game opening series against the Diamondbacks March 22-23. Now, we can add left fielder Carl Crawford and No. 4 starter Dan Haren to the list.

Without Greinke going, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu will be the starting pitchers for the two games, but Haren was at least a consideration to make the trip as an emergency starter. Instead, that role will likely belong to Paul Maholm. Still, this isn't a huge deal. Crawford's absence is more notable.

Crawford's fiancee, Evelyn Lozada, is expecting a child, so he's out, per manager Don Mattingly.

With both Crawford and Kemp down, the Dodgers can use Mike Baxter, Scott Van Slyke or maybe even prospect Joc Pederson in left -- alongside Yasiel Puig and Andre Ethier.

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