Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford took another step to returning to the major leagues after completing his third successful rehab game with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the Dodgers High-A affiliate, on Tuesday night.
Crawford, who hasn't played since June 1 due to a right hamstring strain, went 1-for-4 in his third rehab appearance while also playing in the outfield for the second consecutive game. In his three games with the Quakes, Crawford is 4-for-10 with two runs scored.
After flying out to left in his first plate appearance, Crawford ripped a bases clearing double to straightaway center with the bases loaded. Crawford would once again come up with the bases loaded, but would line out to the shortstop.
For the first time in this current rehab assignment, Crawford didn't come out after logging his third plate appearance, coming up to the plate to take his hacks for a fourth time. After spoiling several pitches in a full count, Crawford whiffed on a change-up in the dirt.
Coming into his rehab assignment, the 31-year-old outfield was expected to play four rehab games in total, two as the designated hitter and two in the outfield. That would mean Crawford plays one more rehab game with the Quakes, which would also be the final game of the Quakes' homestand. Perhaps it's no coincidence Crawford could potentially return to the Dodgers once the Quakes go back on the road.
Speaking with Crawford after his exit, he seemed ready to return to the big leagues, saying "I got tested pretty good today, so I think I'm ready to go." I asked Crawford how many more rehab games he would need before rejoining the Dodgers, "I think I got one more game tomorrow, then that would be it."