Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly does not believe the right shoulder injury sustained by Carl Crawford during a minor league game on Tuesday to be serious.

The Dodgers have arrived in Sydney ahead of the season opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground but news on Wednesday was centred around Crawford.

But Mattingly has confirmed to the press that they team have not scheduled any MRI scans or otherwise but did admit that it could change if Crawford fails to recover.

"It sounds like he had a checked swing and felt a little something in his shoulder. ... He stopped right there," Mattingly said to reporters. "He had a planned day off tomorrow, and we expect him to play the day after."

Crawford is one of four Dodgers not travelling to Sydney, staying behind at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix because his fiancee is due to give birth any day now.

The outfielder left the triple-A game against the Mariners after one at-bat with a sore right shoulder.

Fear were immediately raised because Crawford previously missed the entire 2012 season after Tommy John surgery and then wrist surgery, both sustained in his left arm.


Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms