Injury Roll Call: Crawford’s rehab goes well, Lilly’s not so much + Beckett done for year


Carl Crawford began a rehab assignment in Rancho on Sunday.

Crawford will begin his rehab assignment on Sunday with Class-A Rancho Cuamonga after being sidelined since June 1 with a strained right hamstring. Crawford will serve as the designated hitter with the Quakes for two games, then play two games in the outfield, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.

Crawford’s hamstring reacted well, according to reports.

Crawford, who hasn’t played since June 1 with a right hamstring strain, went 2-for-3 and came out of the game after five innings (as planned). Crawford, who lead things off as the designated hitter, slapped a grounder through the 5-6 hole for a single. He later came around to score in the same inning, sprinting from second on a bloop single that required an immediate test of the hamstring.

Crawford told me his hamstring feels good after being able to test a few times in his first rehab game. Of course, it will be how Crawford feels tomorrow after rest and recovery, that is more important as well as telling.

The team is now well on their way to a fully healthy outfield.


Ted Lilly began a rehab assignment of his own with the High-A Quakes.

Joining Crawford on Sunday in Rancho Cucamonga will be Ted Lilly, who will start for the Quakes. Lilly is on the disabled list with a neck sprain, his third DL stint this season. He last pitched on June 4, and is 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA in five starts this season. It is unclear just how many rehab starts Lilly would need before getting activated.

Lilly suffered an injury, however, as he took a liner off of his shin and had to leave the game.

Things didn’t go as well for Crawford’s fellow Dodgers member, Ted Lilly, who allowed four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four in three innings of work. The southpaw came out of the game in the fourth inning, after being struck by a liner off of Brandon Meredith’s bat.

Lilly said the liner hit him directly in his left shin, where he had ice wrapped around it when discussing his rehab start. But the reason for his exit was a combination of pitch count, which Lilly said was a maximum of 75, and the injury — not wanting to force it since he’d require at least another start.

While Lilly said he felt fine as far as his health goes, his mechanics and timing were out of whack as the southpaw failed to get into any kind of rhythm on the mound. When asked how many more rehab starts he would need, Lilly wasn’t so sure, but did admit he would definitely need another one after.

No real rush for him, considering he deserves to be in AAA right now.


Josh Beckett began a throwing program mid-week as he looked to return from nerve irritation in his right arm.

Dodgers starting pitcher Josh Beckett began a throwing program on Wednesday, his first time throwing in the last four weeks. Beckett was limited to physical therapy for the last four weeks after getting diagnosed with nerve irritation that affects his right arm and hand.

Beckett will continue to progress his throwing program over the next few weeks, the Dodgers say, but there is still no timetable for his return to the mound or for throwing in any minor league rehabilitation games.

However, the Dodgers quickly decided it would be best to shut down the program and Beckett for the season.

Josh Beckett’s 2013 season is over. The Dodgers‘ right-handed pitcher has thoracic outlet syndrome and will have surgery to relieve pressure on a nerve in his neck, and will be out three to five months, the Dodgers announced on Saturday before their game against the Phillies.

Beckett was previously shut down for four weeks with nerve irritation affecting his right arm and hand, but he began a throwing program on Wednesday. After experiencing tingling in his right hand again on Friday, the throwing program was shut down.

Beckett consulted with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache and with nerve specialist Dr. Greg Pearl. Beckett will have the surgery the week of July 8 in Dallas, to be performed by Pearl.

Josh will undergo surgery early in July in an effort to correct the issues plaguing him.


Matt Kemp returned from the disabled list after a bout with hamstring issues. Always good to have The Bison healthy and in the heart of the lineup.

That said, it remains to be seen if the time off gave him a
chance to right his mechanical issues at the dish.


Minor-league injury news with a lot of ailments to note over the last couple of weeks.

Placed On 7-day DL: RHP James Campbell, RHP Daniel Tamares, LHP Ryan Christenson, LHP Jonathan Sanchez, C Gorman Erickson, C Pratt Maynard, C Eric Smith, OF Devin Shines, RHP Lindsey Caughel, RHP Kyle Cofield, RHP Alan Garcia, RHP Matt Magill, RHP Sean White, C Steve Cilladi, C Dashenko Ricardo, OF Tony Gwynn Jr., OF Jeremy Moore

Placed On 60-day DL: RHP Garrett Bolt, 3B Yensys Capellan, SS Delvis Morales

Reinstated From DL: RHP Jonathan Martinez, C John Cannon, RHP Luis Vasquez, LHP Jonathan Sanchez, C Steve Cilladi

Matt Magill is the name to watch there, as he’s obviously been a factor on the MLB club this year.


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