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Cautious Dodgers rest Crawford in second game

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LOS ANGELES -- Carl Crawford was held out of the Dodgers lineup Tuesday against the Giants. The club remains cautious with the outfielder following Tommy John surgery last August.

Crawford experienced some discomfort in his left elbow during Spring Training and is not yet fully recovered from surgery that limited him to 31 games in 2012 with the Red Sox.

LOS ANGELES -- Carl Crawford was held out of the Dodgers lineup Tuesday against the Giants. The club remains cautious with the outfielder following Tommy John surgery last August.

Crawford experienced some discomfort in his left elbow during Spring Training and is not yet fully recovered from surgery that limited him to 31 games in 2012 with the Red Sox.

"We want to be able to ease him in," manager Don Mattingly said before the game.

Crawford made his Dodgers debut Opening Day, going 2-for-4 with a single in his first at-bat. He doubled and scored during a four-run eighth inning for Los Angeles in a 4-0 victory over San Francisco.

Jerry Hairston Jr. started in left field and led off Tuesday in place of Crawford.

While Crawford's arm is not at full strength, he has been productive at the plate. He hit .357 (10-for-28) in 10 Spring Training games with a home run and three RBIs.

Skip Schumaker replaced Crawford in left field in the top of the ninth inning Monday.

Crawford is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday for the series finale.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

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