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Dodgers News: Carl Crawford Leaves Game With Sprained Ankle

[new_royalslider id=”131″] UPDATE (11:00 p.m.): Crawford will go on the 15-day disabled list:

UPDATE: Manager Don Mattingly reported X-rays on Crawford’s left ankle were negative:

The Los Angeles Dodgers held a comfortable 6-1 lead in the eighth inning over the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night when the injury bug struck yet again. Chris Heisey pinch-hit for Reds reliever Sean Marshall and hit a double down the left field line that Carl Crawford chased down and turned his left ankle in the process.

As Crawford reached the point where the outfield grass meets the warning track, his left ankle didn’t plant properly and he was in immediate pain. Crawford managed to relay the ball back to the infield, but was then tended to by trainers and removed from the game. According to the Dodgers, Crawford suffered an ankle sprain:

Crawford was unable to place any weight on his left ankle and he was replaced by Scott Van Slyke. While the majority of the focus and concern was on Crawford’s health, the move was yet another interesting decision in the continuing saga of Matt Kemp not playing.

Including Tuesday’s game, Kemp has been out of the lineup five consecutive games. The center fielder has only made a pinch-hit appearance since his last start on May 22. Mattingly recently expressed concern over Kemp’s health and the Dodgers’ plan to get him work in left field.

As the situation has grown increasingly more tense, Kemp has to this point remained relatively optimistic and continued to express his desire to play at any position and contribute to the team. Kemp is hitting .264 with five home runs and 13 RBIs, but has struggled in key moments within the last 10 games.

With the Dodgers leading 6-3 in the eighth inning, Kemp strukc out in a pinch-hit appearance following a Chone Figgins two-out double. Van Slyke got the nod to finish out Tuesday’s game, but Crawford’s injury may create the opening Kemp needs to regularly get back in the lineup.
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