CHICAGO — Right fielder Yasiel Puig was scratched from the Dodgers’ lineup for the second consecutive day because of an open callus on the palm of his left hand.
Puig might be available to pinch run or pinch hit; manager Don Mattingly addressed his status this morning:
Alex Guerrero is playing left field, Scott Van Slyke is in right, and Alberto Callaspo was inserted to the lineup as the Dodgers’ third baseman. Here’s the full lineup for the 1 p.m. game against the Cubs:
CHICAGO — Yasiel Puig was scratched from the Dodgers’ starting lineup minutes before the scheduled first pitch Wednesday night against the Cubs.
Puig has been dealing with a popped blister on his left hand, about the size of a half-dollar, since Monday.
The Dodgers have not officially commented on the reason why Puig was scratched.
Update (7:30 p.m.): Puig was scratched due to an open callus on his left hand, the team confirmed.
Alex Guerrero is now batting fifth and playing left field and Andre Ethier is playing right field.
Alex Guerrero isn’t in the starting lineup for the Dodgers’ first game this season in an American League park, where they can use a designated hitter. (Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, Texas — With Justin Turner promoted to everyday third baseman status
, Alex Guerrero
is arguably the best hitter remaining on the Dodgers’ bench.
Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo throws right-handed. Guerrero (a right-handed hitter) is slashing .286/.322/.655 in 90 plate appearances against right-handed pitchers this season.
Yet Alberto Callaspo is playing third base instead. Callaspo (a switch hitter) is slashing .250/.331/.310 against right-handed pitchers this season.
So why is Callaspo in the lineup and Guerrero isn’t?
“It came down to Adrian (Gonzalez) or (Guerrero). Really, once JT plays first, then it’s a matchup between Callaspo and Alex,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “If Alex, I felt, was a better matchup, I probably would’ve played him at third.”
Justin Turner is playing first base, while Adrian Gonzalez will get a day as the Dodgers’ designated hitter. Here’s the complete lineup: