Bad news for the Dodgers this afternoon on the injury front as left fielder Carl Crawford is expected to be sidelined “more than the minimum 15 games” with what manager Don Mattingly is calling a “significant hamstring injury.”
This means continued extended playing time for rookie left fielder Scott Van Slyke who has recorded 6 homers in about 60 at-bats so far this season and a possible reprieve for current de-facto center fielder Andre Ethier. Ethier, who has had his level of play and intensity questioned by Mattingly and who has been tied to significant trade speculation due to the emergence of Van Slyke and Cuban phenom Yasiel Puig, would appear to still have a spot in the Dodgers’ outfield rotation for now. Even with Matt Kemp expected to come back quickly from his hamstring injury, it would appear that Van Slyke will become the 4th outfielder in the rotation and platoon with Ethier and Kemp as necessary.
The Dodgers start a 4 game set against the Atlanta Braves tonight at Dodger Stadium at 7:10 p.m. Zack Greinke will take the hill for the Dodgers. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez is not in the starting lineup tonight as Don Mattingly continues to juggle his lineup.