GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers leftfielder and leadoff hitter Carl Crawford could miss the April 1 opener against the Giants after leaving spring training to have his elbow examined in Los Angeles.
Recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery on Aug. 23, Crawford felt nerve irritation in his left arm. The Dodgers said Friday that the former Ray was examined Thursday, prescribed anti-inflammatory medication and told to rest.
Crawford, 31, was back in camp Friday and will not take batting practice or throw for about seven days. Manager Don Mattingly called the nerve irritation a "setback."
"It's something that they want to calm down totally," Mattingly said. "It doesn't seem to be any kind of panic with Carl. More just still being cautious."
According to the team, Crawford has not suffered irritation in the repaired ligament. He began to feel the new irritation Tuesday, a day after taking batting practice.
Crawford was acquired from the Red Sox on Aug. 25 along with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett and infielder Nick Punto.
Indians: All-Star closer Chris Perez could be sidelined a month and his status for opening day is uncertain because of a strained shoulder. The right-hander who saved 39 games last season will not throw for the next week to 10 days. Once he resumes his throwing program, the team estimates he will be able to pitch in games in three or four weeks. "Small hurdle at an in-opportune time. … Still plenty of time," he tweeted. He will not play for the United States in the World Baseball Classic.
Rangers: Rightfielder Nelson Cruz was cleared of more serious issues after team doctors diagnosed a muscle strain in his chest and will resume baseball activities today. He is set to join the Dominican Republic for the WBC.
Reds: Oft-injured right-hander Mark Prior, 32, signed a minor-league contract. Prior pitched for manager Dusty Baker on the Cubs for four seasons.
Royals: Ervin Santana threw two scoreless innings against the Reds in his first appearance for the team that acquired him from the Angels in November. "Every time you go 1-2-3 in the first inning and then in the second inning you work a little bit, it's good," he said.
Tigers: Ace Justin Verlander needed just 35 pitches to throw three perfect innings in a 6-2 loss to the Mets. "If they would have let him keep going, this game would have been over in an hour and a half," said Mets star David Wright, who had an RBI single in the fifth. Verlander said his fastball location may be ahead of schedule, and he consistently hit the low to mid 90s.
WBC: The revised World Baseball Classic got first-round pool play under way early this morning, with Australia facing bracket host Taiwan. The Americans play their pool games at the Diamondbacks' Chase Field in Phoenix beginning March 8 against Mexico. The other first-round groups play in Fukuoka, Japan and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The top two teams from each pool advances to the second round, which is double-elimination group play. The top two teams from each group reach the March 17-18 semifinals, with the title game March 19 at the Giants' AT&T Park.