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Dodgers' Don Mattingly confident in Carl Crawford's ability
Dodgers' Don Mattingly confident in Carl Crawford's ability

The Dodgers have activated Carl Crawford from the disabled list, but it remains unclear what role he will play for a team crowded with outfielders. Crawford injured his ankle May 27 chasing down a double off the bat of Reds outfielder Chris Heisey and returned Thursday. With Yasiel Puig entrenched as the starter in right field, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Scott Van Slyke took turns playing left and center in Crawford's absence. Injury woes have haunted Crawford for the last few years. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery in 2012, and questions have been tossed around since about his arm strength. But Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly downplayed the importance of a powerful...

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