6:25pm: Manager Don Mattingly says that Crawford will be out for a minimum of a few weeks, per J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles News Group (on Twitter). The team will have a more clear timetable within the next few days.
6:15pm: Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford tells reporters, including Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register that he’s headed to the disabled list with a torn oblique muscle (Twitter links). Crawford described the injury as a “pretty bad” tear. “I know it’s like a broken record, me heading to the DL, but there’s nothing I could have done to avoid it,” said Crawford, who tore the muscle while swinging. While there’s no timetable for his return yet, Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles tweets that Crawford could be out for a couple of months.
Crawford will join teammate Yasiel Puig on the disabled list, leaving Joc Pederson, Andre Ethier, Alex Guerrero, Scott Van Slyke and Enrique Hernandez (who was recalled to take Crawford’s roster spot) to receive the bulk of the playing time in the outfield.
This will be Crawford’s fifth trip to the disabled list in four seasons. The setback adds another entry to a rapidly growing list of injured Dodgers, as the team also lost Brandon McCarthy to a torn ulnar collateral ligament yesterday. Kenley Jansen, Brandon League, Joel Peralta and Hyun-jin Ryu are all also on the disabled list at this time as well.
Crawford, 33, was hitting .245/.260/.408 on the season and batted a strong .300/.339/.429 in 105 games for the Dodgers last season. He’s slated to earn 20.5MM in 2015 before earning $20.75MM in 2016 and $21MM in 2017 — the final year of the seven-year, $142MM contract that he originally signed with the Red Sox prior to the 2011 season.