Carl Crawford scratched from Dodgers’ lineup with back injury.

Carl CrawfordCarl Crawford was a late lineup scratch from the Dodgers’ game against the Colorado Rockies with back stiffness.

“I think it’s minor,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Carl’s a guy we’ve got to pay attention to as far as how much work he does. He struggled on that road trip and was hitting and hitting and hitting and we got to kind of monitor him and make sure he doesn’t hit too much. We think it comes a little bit from just doing what Carl does. And from what players do in general is when they’re not doing what they want, they keep working. It’s a characteristic that we like but we got to make sure it doesn’t go too far.”

Skip Schumaker will lead off and play left field in Crawford’s place.

Yasiel Puig, who is nursing a hip injury, went through extensive pregame stretching but was back in the lineup in right field, batting second.

“Right now it’s a little tight or whatever,” Mattingly said. “So if it loosens up he plays. If it doesn’t, then he won’t.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.