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 — 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)
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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.