"He just needs time," said manager Don Mattingly. "Have to give him at-bats. He's coming off pretty good surgery. He's a little bit behind guys. He's not been able to get after it. Got to look at him as still behind, but he'll catch up. It's a matter of timing, nothing but at-bats."
Crawford, after taking a week off to calm down nerve irritation in his left elbow, is increasing his workload daily since resuming hitting Thursday. He's hit off a tee, off soft toss and a little overhand. The medical department is increasing his drills methodically to avoid, or pinpoint the cause of, any recurrence in the discomfort that is not unusual for Tommy John surgery.
The calendar, however, is working against Crawford in his goal to be ready for Opening Day, as he hasn't resumed throwing yet and will need some period of time before he's strong enough to make a throw in from left field without risking overuse in the process.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.