NEW YORK — Alex Guerrero was scratched from the Dodgers’ lineup for Friday’s game against the New York Mets because of back stiffness. Kiké Hernandez will start in left field instead and bat sixth. Right fielder Yasiel Puig, originally penciled in to hit sixth, is batting fifth instead.
Guerrero hadn’t started since July 10 but got the nod today because left-hander Jon Niese is starting for the Mets.
Carl Crawford hasn’t played for the Dodgers since April 27. He’s expected back from the disabled list Monday or Tuesday. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Carl Crawford is en route from Oklahoma City to Atlanta, where the Dodgers begin a three-game series Monday, and will be activated from the disabled list sometime over the next two days. Crawford hasn’t played since April because of a strained oblique muscle.
In eight rehab games at Triple-A Oklahoma City, Crawford had 11 hits in 30 at-bats, including two doubles, a triple and a home run. Crawford had four plate appearances with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga too, giving him 36 total.
Crawford’s return will give the Dodgers a glut of outfielders. Kiké Hernandez, Alex Guerrero and Scott Van Slyke are already backing up starters Andre Ethier, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the corresponding roster move is still being discussed.
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: