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Dodgers' Crawford close to returning

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Outfielder Carl Crawford could be back with the Los Angeles Dodgers this week.

Crawford, who is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, played his third game for the Dodgers' high-Class A affiliate on Tuesday. He went 1-for-4, making him 4-for-10 in the three rehab games, and has played in left field during the last two.

"I got tested pretty good (Tuesday), so I think I'm ready to go," Crawford told True Blue LA. "I think I got one more (rehab) game (Wednesday), then that would be it."

With the Dodgers this season, Crawford is hitting .301 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in 51 games.

The 31-year-old Crawford came to the Dodgers in a trade with the Boston Red Sox last August but did not play until this season while he was rehabbing from Tommy John elbow surgery last year.

The Dodgers could have a crowded outfield when Crawford returns to join Matt Kemp, recently back from the DL; Andre Ethier and rookie sensation Yasiel Puig.
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