Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford announced Tuesday that he has a torn oblique and doesn’t currently have a timetable for his return to the field.

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Crawford Says He Has Torn Oblique

Tuesday, April 28

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times provided the details on Crawford’s rather severe injury situation, adding that a timetable hasn’t been determined yet:

The Los Angeles Times‘ Bill Shaikin alluded to Crawford’s injury-plagued past along with an estimate as to when fans can expect the four-time All-Star to return:  

The Dodgers confirmed that utility player Kike Hernandez will take his spot on the roster. 

Crawford has either struggled on the field or had a tough time staying healthy ever since leaving the Tampa Bay Rays following the 2010 campaign. This season has seen the Dodgers outfield bitten by the injury bug, with Crawford now joining Yasiel Puig on the disabled list.

At least L.A. has depth to turn to in its rotation. Veteran Andre Ethier is still in the fold, as are Scott Van Slyke and Alex Guerrero, who will likely vie for reps in left field.

Van Slyke has had a hit in the past six games in which he’s appeared entering Tuesday’s action, but Guerrero will get the start against the San Francisco Giants, per Shaikin.

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