Carl Crawford Injury: Updates on Dodgers Star's Arm

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2013

UPDATE: Sunday, March 24 at 1:50 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Orange County Register reporter Bill Plunkett, Crawford played three uneventful innings in left field:

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UPDATE: Friday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m ET by Michael Cahill

The official Twitter of the Los Angeles Dodgers is reporting good news. 

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford was being held out of spring training workouts with tightness in his right forearm, according to Dodgers beat writer Bill Plunkett (via Twitter):

UPDATE: Wednesday, March 6 at 4:40 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

Carl Crawford has been cleared to start throwing and hitting, according to Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Crawford has missed six days with nerve irritation in his left elbow after he underwent Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery last August.

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UPDATE: Friday, March 1 at 11:27 a.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com has the latest on Crawford, and judging by the comments from manager Don Mattingly, it sounds as though Crawford may not be ready for Opening Day.

The team's official Twitter page provided more specifics, as Mattingly indicated the specific time frame in which Crawford would be missing action.

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Crawford, 31, was traded to L.A. from the Boston Red Sox last August after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The veteran left fielder has been sidelined a ton lately while recovering from a laundry list of nagging injuries. It all began in early 2012, when Crawford underwent offseason wrist surgery that forced him to miss spring training a year ago.

In April 2012, Crawford would be diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his elbow, forcing him to miss the first three-and-a-half months of the 2012 season. He returned to the Red Sox lineup in mid-July, but was forced out for good about a month later because of his elbow after playing in just 31 total games.

A four-time American League All-Star, Crawford put himself on the map with the Tampa Bay Rays from 2002 to 2010, playing some of the best baseball of his career. Crawford's best season to date arguably came in 2010, when he recorded a career-best 19 home runs and 90 RBI.

He led the AL in stolen bases four times during his time with the Rays and helped the club reach the World Series in 2008, where Tampa Bay would lose to Philadelphia in five games.

Crawford, who has yet to play a meaningful game for the Dodgers, is currently in the third year of a seven-year, $142 million contract that he signed with the Boston Red Sox prior to the 2011 season.

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