Crawford was released by the Dodgers on Monday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
It's not too surprising that Crawford went unclaimed on waivers, considering he still has $35 million coming to him, but he will now become a free agent and look to sign with a new club. Crawford slashed just .185/.230/.235 with no home runs and six RBI in 30 games with the Dodgers this season.
Crawford was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Sunday.
Crawford had just been starting to see consistent playing time in left field, but he did little with the opportunity, going 1-for-14 at the plate over a stretch of five consecutive starts. The 34-year-old will now have to clear waivers, though it's unlikely Crawford and the remaining $35 million on his contract will be claimed. To replace the veteran on the roster, Austin Barnes was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Crawford is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Padres.
Enrique Hernandez will man left field and bat leadoff against left-hander Christian Friedrich. Crawford has underperformed all year and isn't even starting everyday against right-handers. There's little appeal here in standard mixed leagues.
Crawford is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Angels.
Manager Dave Roberts will reward Trayce Thompson for his two-homer effort Monday with the start in left field against right-hander Jered Weaver. This marks Crawford's fourth absence in the team's last six games, with all four absences coming against opposing right-handed starters.
Crawford is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Cardinals.
Trayce Thompson will get the start in left field as Crawford sits for a second straight day, with both absences coming against opposing right-handed starters. There has been no word of an injury setback for Crawford, but he's done little of note with the bat this season, and unless he picks it up in a major way, left field will likely continue to be a revolving door for Los Angeles.
Manager Dave Roberts said that Crawford will not start against the Rays this week because the games are all on turf, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Turf fields are especially strenuous on players' backs, and with Crawford just recently coming back from a back injury, Roberts opted to keep the outfielder off the unforgiving surface for the time being. He may return to the lineup over the weekend in Toronto if the Dodgers want to give him a start or two on their turf diamond, but Crawford's best chance to return to the lineup will come Monday when the Dodgers return to Los Angeles to face the Mets.
Crawford is not in the lineup Sunday against the Padres, Andy McCullough of the LA Times reports.
Due to the Dodgers' outfield depth, manager Dave Roberts will likely have the freedom to rest Crawford every time a lefty takes the mound for the opposing team, including Sunday's matchup against southpaw Drew Pomeranz. Crawford is just 5-for-25 at the dish since returning to the lineup, but that likely isn't the primary reason Enrique Hernandez will receive the start in left field.
Crawford is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Marlins, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Crawford got the start Tuesday in his first game on the field since a back injury sidelined him five games into the season. He managed to go 1-for-3 with a walk in his return, but will be replaced by Enrique Hernandez in Wednesday's lineup, who is batting first and starting in left.
Crawford (back) was activated and is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
He rejoined the team Monday after a successful three-game minor league rehab stint, and will slot back into left field and the seven-hole Tuesday to face right-hander Tom Koehler. Crawford figures to see the majority of the time in left with Andre Ethier (leg) out several months, but the Dodgers will shield him from left-handed pitching, affording Enrique Hernandez and Trayce Thompson occasional starts at the position.
The Dodgers won't activate Crawford (back) from the disabled list until Tuesday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
There was a belief over the weekend that Crawford would make his first appearance Monday since the season's opening week, but manager Dave Roberts prefers that the bullpen boasts an extra arm after the recent series at Coors Field. Look for Crawford to slot into a starting spot in left field upon his activation.
Crawford (back) is expected to rejoin the Dodgers on Monday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Crawford hasn't seen the field for the Dodgers since the third game of the season, as he was placed on the disabled list early on due to back stiffness. He has since been participating in rehab assignments, generating favorable enough results to warrant an activation in the near future. Crawford's return, even if it's on a limited basis, will represent a direct threat to the playing time of Trayce Thompson and Enrique Hernandez.
Crawford (back) will play a rehab game Sunday at High-A Rancho Cucamonga before rejoining the Dodgers on Monday, J.P. Hoornstra of Southern California News Group reports.
Crawford is currently on rehab at Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he's expected to play out the next few days before transferring to Rancho Cucamonga to finish out the weekend. Barring any sort of setback, Crawford will be recalled Monday, a day later than originally expected, and will return to his platoon role in left field.
Crawford (back) is not in the starting lineup for the start of his rehab assignment due to travel issues, although he is active and available to play if need be.
Despite not starting, it is promising to hear that Crawford is available for Wednesday's game at Triple-A. It appears that he's on schedule with his recovery process, so as long as everything goes as planned, he could be back with Los Angeles around April 24, the day that he is first eligible to come off the disabled list.
Crawford (back) ran the bases at full speed Saturday and remains on track to begin his rehab assignment next week, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
As Gurnick notes, running the bases at full speed is generally the final step in a player's recovery process before setting out on a rehab assignment. Crawford was placed on the disabled list on Apr. 9, so the earliest he'll be eligible to return will be Apr. 24. As reported earlier in the week, the Dodgers are targeting Wednesday as the starting date for Crawford's rehab assignment.
Crawford (back) will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA reports.
Crawford is ready to resume playing after taking a few days off to give his injured back time to rest and recover. He is expected to join the Dodgers during their upcoming series against the Rockies, which begins April 22, so it looks like he should be able to come off the disabled list when first eligible April 24.
Crawford (back) has been placed on the DL, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Crawford had been dealing with stiffness in his lower back, and it's apparently something the Dodgers believe will require more than a day or two to heal. As such, he'll hit the DL, and the team has recalled Micah Johnson to take his place on the roster.
Crawford is dealing with a stiff lower back, which explains why he is not in Friday's lineup, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
It was peculiar that Scott Van Slyke was getting back-to-back starts in left field against righties, and now the reason is clear. Crawford said he wants to take a couple days to rest his back, so Trayce Thompson also serves as a potential replacement option in the short term.
Crawford is out of Friday's lineup against the Giants.
This is the second day in a row that he is getting the day off in favor of Scott Van Slyke with a righty on the mound, which suggests Crawford is either a bit sore, or the Dodgers really don't value his bat, or perhaps both. Van Slyke typically has been used primarily against lefties, but it's starting to look like he could be the primary beneficiary of Andre Ethier being sidelined, at least in the short term.
Crawford will miss Thursday's game to get some rest, Doug Padilla of ESPN.com reports.
While Crawford was expected to receive the strong majority of starts against right-handers, like the Giants' Thursday starter Jake Peavy, he will receive some rest from time to time. The 34-year-old will be replaced in the lineup by Scott Van Slyke or Trayce Thompson.
Crawford appears to be the prime beneficiary with the news that Andre Ethier (leg) would miss 10-to-14 weeks, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Crawford would share time with Scott Van Slyke, with Van Slyke getting all the action versus southpaws, but potentially time versus right-handers as well. Trayce Thompson could also factor into the mix depending on how things go headed up to Opening Day.
|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2011||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||2||5||1||1||0||0||0||1||1||1||0||0||.200||.333||.200|
|2012||R-Gcl Red Sox||5||14||2||3||1||0||0||0||5||4||0||1||.214||.421||.286|
|2012||AA-Portland Sea Dogs||3||10||2||4||0||1||0||1||2||1||1||0||.400||.500||.600|
|2012||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||3||12||2||4||0||0||0||1||1||1||1||0||.333||.385||.333|
|2013||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||4||13||2||5||1||0||0||3||1||2||1||0||.385||.429||.462|
|2015||AAA-Oklahoma City Dodger||8||30||8||11||2||1||1||6||1||3||0||0||.367||.375||.600|
|2015||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||2||4||1||1||0||1||0||2||1||--||0||0||.250||.500||.750|