October 16, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford (25) and catcher A.J. Ellis (17) celebrate the 6-4 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in game five of the National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Cause For Concern? Los Angeles Dodgers Injuries Are Mounting Up

Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is being held out of spring training activities until further notice due to a strained right quadriceps.

Crawford first told trainers that he felt tightness in his quad after the Dodgers game against the Diamondbacks last Wednesday. In that game you’ll remember that Crawford misplayed a line drive, slid awkwardly at second base and scored from first on a Yasiel Puig double.

On Sunday Crawford felt enough tightness in his quad to leave the game.

It should come as no shock to Dodgers (or Boston Red Sox) fans that Crawford is sidelined with an injury. Crawford, 32, missed 30 games last season with lingering left quad problems. While this current injury is minimal and won’t likely cause Crawford to miss opening day in Australia, it is cause for concern.

Because the Dodgers are opening the season a week earlier than all other MLB teams, they will only get to play 19 Cactus League games. This shortened spring schedule puts added pressure on the Dodgers and their players to stay as healthy as possible while getting into game shape as quickly as possible. However, so far the Dodgers haven’t done a great job at staying healthy.

Besides Crawford, the Dodgers have lost Zack Greinke, and youngster Ross Stripling, who was injured while pitching to his buddy Joc Pederson.

Greinke, who is the Dodgers #2 pitcher, likely won’t make the trip to Australia with the team due to a strained right calf. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly reluctantly admitted that Greinke won’t have a sufficient base of pitches thrown in Spring Training in order to start for the Dodgers in Australia. This may be for the best considering that Greinke didn’t want to go to Australia anyways.

The Dodgers injuries haven’t been too significant yet; however, there definitely is a cause for concern. The team has done well to ensure that players with even light tightness or limited pain is held out of practices for precautionary reasons. The injuries aren’t something to be overly concerned with yet but it is something that the team and fans need to pay attention to.

On a more positive note, Matt Kemp‘s MRI came back looking great and he has been cleared to resume more baseball activities. While Kemp’s timetable to return is still up in the air, he’s back on the field with the team and he is running, albeit under supervision.

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