Crawford to debut in left on Saturday

Crawford to debut in left on Saturday

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Carl Crawford will play his first game in the field for the Dodgers Saturday night, manager Don Mattingly said Friday.

Crawford has been rehabbing his left (throwing) arm since undergoing Tommy John surgery last August. He had one setback earlier this spring and was shut down for a week, but responded to medication and has made steady progress since, while under closer observation by the club's medical team.

Crawford took part in relay and cutoff drills earlier this week for the first time and experienced no ill effects.

He was in the lineup Friday as a designated hitter.

The Dodgers now expect Crawford to be ready to play left field for Opening Day. So far this Spring, he has batted leadoff exclusively.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.