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Friday, July 11, 2014

Dodgers Injury Update: Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, Chone Figgins

By on 7/11/2014 02:30:00 PM

The first-place Los Angeles Dodgers have had to deal with injuries both major and minor all season just as most every team has. However, they have proven that they have the depth it takes to compete for a division title. One outfielder is back, and a pitcher and a utility man are on the mend. Here are the latest updates on Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Chone Figgins via's Michael Lananna.

Carl Crawford
The Dodgers activated left fielder Carl Crawford from the disabled list Thursday, but Lananna reports that manager Don Mattingly reduced him to a backup role.

Crawford was disabled from May 28 to July 9 due to a sprained left ankle. With the Dodgers winning and taking over first place in the division -- and with Matt Kemp playing well in left field -- Carwford accepted the news about losing his starting role well. Lananna quoted him expressing his acceptance. Said Crawford,
"This is a situation where we're winning, so you definitely don't want to be the guy who's complaining about dumb stuff. I'm not that guy, so I'm just going to be cheering everybody on."
Crawford is hitting .267 with 4 HR and 18 RBI in 44 games. The Dodgers designated Clint Robinson for assignment to open a roster spot for Crawford.

Josh Beckett
Right-hander Josh Beckett is on the disabled list with nerve impingement in his left hip. He started throwing lightly Thursday after having a cortisone injection last Monday. He threw from 90 feet, the length of one base path. Beckett's DL stint is retroactive to July 7, so he could return as early as July 22; with the All-Star break next week, Beckett could end up missing just one start (this coming Sunday's) if all goes as planned.

Beckett is 6-5 with a 2.26 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 17 starts, including his no-hitter against Philadelphia on May 25.

Chone Figgins
Utility man Chone Figgins participated in fielding and batting practice Thursday. The switch hitter batted from both sides of the plate. The Dodgers are working on a rehab assignment schedule, but they have not made any final decisions yet. The Dodgers Injury Report calls Figgins's injury a quad strain, but Figgins says it is a hip flexor strain. He went on the disabled list on June 14 with a .217 average in 38 games.

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