Dodgers scratch Yasiel Puig from Wednesday lineup. Update.

Yasiel Puig headshotCHICAGO — 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.

Don Mattingly says that Andre Ethier’s job is safe when Carl Crawford returns.

Andre Ethier

Andre Ethier moved from right field to left field when Yasiel Puig was activated from the disabled list. (David Crane/Staff photographer)


CHICAGO >> Carl Crawford continues to make progress in his rehab from a strained oblique muscle, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Monday. Crawford is swinging a bat and running curved lines, and could be playing in rehab games soon.

However, the manager offered no assurance that Crawford will be the Dodgers’ starting left fielder once he returns to the Dodgers.

“I haven’t thought about where (Crawford) fits in,” Mattingly said. “Andre’s kind of taken that spot.”
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Andre Ethier

Andre Ethier makes a catch in foul territory, leaning over the railing in the eighth inning Sunday. It was Ethier’s third start in left field all season. (Stephen Carr/Staff photographer)


The Cardinals rallied against the Dodgers’ bullpen to win 4-2 on Sunday, but scoring appears to be the deeper problem. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Andre Ethier returned to left field with relatively little fanfare.