Crawford exits in third with left hamstring cramp

Crawford exits in third with left hamstring cramp

DENVER -- Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford suffered a left hamstring cramp on a third-inning double and left Saturday's game against the Rockies.

Crawford followed a solo home run by Tim Federowicz and a single by Zack Greinke by punching a ball just inside third base. Greinke went to third, and Crawford felt the muscle twinge as he rounded first base.

"It's similar to the first time," said Crawford, who missed two games with a tight hamstring earlier this year. "It's just tight and sore, and I've been icing it.

Trainer Sue Falsone and manager Don Mattingly quickly made their way to second base and accompanied Crawford back to the dugout. He was replaced by Scott Van Slyke.

Crawford returned to the lineup Saturday after missing Friday night's game because he was still sore from running into the wall making a catch in Anaheim on Thursday night. He said he wasn't sure if the hamstring injury was related to the collision with the wall.

Manager Don Mattingly indicated the club needed to call up a healthy outfielder, and Yasiel Puig was held out of Double-A Chattanooga's lineup as a precaution in the event the club decides to bring him to Denver in time for Sunday's matinee.

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