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.
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.”
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
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Andre Ethier returned to left field with relatively little fanfare.
Andre Ethier hasn’t made an error in right field and is batting .305, but will move to left field when Yasiel Puig is activated from the disabled list. (David Crane/Staff photographer)
DENVER — Yasiel Puig is getting closer to a return, close enough that Don Mattingly was willing to divulge that Andre Ethier will move to left field once Puig is back.
Monday in Arizona, Puig ran “really well, felt good about it, close to 100 percent getting down the line,” Mattingly said. The 24-year-old is still on track to begin a minor-league rehab assignment later this week.
Beyond that, there’s no timetable for Puig to return.
Ethier has played an errorless right field in 33 starts this season. But Puig has the better arm, so shifting Ethier to left field isn’t a surprising move. In what’s becoming a remarkable bounceback season at the plate, Ethier is slashing .305/.395/.519 — basically a career year for the 33-year-old outfielder, who signed a six-year contract extension in June 2012.
The Dodgers and Atlanta Braves were tied 2-2 in the eighth inning Monday. Then Andre Ethier, Alex Guerrero and Jimmy Rollins do what the 2015 Dodgers do best — hit home runs — and suddenly it was a new game. Four of the Dodgers’ runs in their 6-3 win came via the longball.
In fact, 95 of their 191 RBIs this season have been collected via home runs — only 35 via solo homers.
Don Mattingly said after the game that “I don’t think that’s the kind of club we’ll necessarily end up being but I don’t mind it.”
Today’s box score is here. The game story is here. The photo gallery is here.
Prior to the game, I asked the man with more wins than any pitcher in a Dodgers uniform about what Clayton Kershaw (2-3) is going through. Kershaw starts against the Braves tomorrow.