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Crawford now a platoon player for Dodgers

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 6, 2013 03:55 PM

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Times wrote today that with the emergence of Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford will split time in the outfield with Andre Ethier.

"Nobody wants to be on the bench," Crawford told the Times. "But at the same time, we've got four good outfielders. Somebody's going to miss out. I understand that part of it."

Crawford came off the disabled list on Friday after being out a month with a strained hamstring. With Matt Kemp out for at least a few days with a shoulder injury, Crawford is back in the lineup. But what happens after that is uncertain.

Since leaving Tampa Bay as a free agent, Crawford has hit .268/.308/.429 and played in 213 of a possible 409 games. He has nine home runs and 32 stolen bases.

Starting in 2014, Crawford has four years and $82.5 million remaining on his contract.

The trade the Red Sox made with the Dodgers was brilliant the day it happened and it keeps getting better somehow. It really is amazing.

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