Crawford, Haren unlikely to go to Australia

Crawford, Haren unlikely to go to Australia
March 15, 2014, 4:30 pm
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Carl Crawford will stay behind for the birth of a child, while Dan Haren likely won't be needed during the two games. (AP)

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Starting left fielder Carl Crawford and starting pitcher Dan Haren are not expected to travel to Australia for the Dodgers' season-opening series March 22 and 23 against Arizona, manager Don Mattingly said Saturday.

Crawford's fiance, Evelyn Lozado is expecting a child.

"At this point, Carl is not going," Mattingly said.

The Dodgers thought about taking Haren, their No. 4 starter, to Australia in case of an injury or some other circumstance prevented Clayton Kershaw and/or Hyun-Jin Ryu from pitching.

Kershaw is scheduled to start the opener March 22 at Sydney Cricket Ground. Ryu is scheduled to start the second game.

"Haren, as of right now, won't be on the plane," Mattingly said.

Veteran left-hander Paul Maholm, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal on Feb. 8, is expected to go instead of Haren. With Crawford not expected to travel, Mike Baxter and prospect Joc Pederson might go instead.

Mattingly said the travel roster won't be finalized until the Dodgers play the Colorado Rockies on Sunday in their final Cactus League game.

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