Dodgers’ Carl Crawford will play more at the expense of Yasiel Puig or Andre Ethier.

Carl Crawford

Carl Crawford’s first-inning single Thursday was his third hit since he returned from the disabled list July 21. (Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA — Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he’ll try to play Carl Crawford “at least once a series,” while giving either right fielder Yasiel Puig or left fielder Andre Ethier a day off.
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Game 105: Andre Ethier walks off the Angels in the 10th inning.

Andre Ethier

Andre Ethier hit two home runs Sunday, including the game-winning blast in the bottom of the 10th inning to complete the Dodgers’ 5-3 win over the Angels. (Walt Mancini/Staff photographer)

Andre Ethier walked off the Angels, completing a three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium. The photo gallery is here. The box score is here.

Newly acquired pitcher Jim Johnson is the ultimate journeyman, playing for his fifth team in 20 months.

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Carl Crawford expected to rejoin Dodgers in next two days.

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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.
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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.

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

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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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