Carl Crawford to make his debut in the outfield on Saturday

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Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that Carl Crawford will make his spring debut in left field on Saturday.

Crawford has DH’dso far, but he has yet to play the field as he returns from Tommy John surgery. He said today, however, that his elbow “feels good” during throwing drills, so this is definitely a good sign.

 

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.