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Dodgers GM thinks Carl Crawford is ready for opening day

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Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti thinks that outfielder Carl Crawford will be ready for opening day, according to a tweet from Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

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Crawford underwent Tommy John surgery in July 2012, which allowed him to only play 31 games during the 2012 season.  He was part of a blockbuster deal last summer with the Boston Red Sox that sent him, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Nick Punto and $11 million cash to Los Angeles for James Loney, Ivan DeJesus Jr., Allen Webster, Jerry Sands and Rubby De La Rosa

The Dodgers outfielder has yet to play a regular season game in a Dodgers uniform.  On March 1, he experienced nerve irritation, which delayed his spring training debut. 

Crawford’s official spring training debut took place during last Sunday’s 11-1 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers in which he went 0 for 3.  He had a better outing in his second spring training game—a 5-3 loss on Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks with two hits and two RBIs.

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Ben Hernandez Jr.

Ben Hernandez Jr. is a Los Angeles native who is unable to eliminate his fixation for sports, particularly the NBA. He currently works as a writer/editor for a business school and has written for various publications on topics, such as finance, politics, and health. Sports-wise, he has covered the LA Lakers and Clippers on Examiner.com. Ben is also a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.