Ned Colletti expects Carl Crawford to be ready for opening day
Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford's surgically repaired elbow should be ready for the start of the season, says GM Ned Colletti.
|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.