Carl Crawford runs out his triple in Monday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants. Crawford strained his right oblique muscle on the swing. (Andy Holzman/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers’ injury carousel continued to spin Tuesday, when left fielder Carl Crawford was diagnosed with a strain in his right oblique muscle. Crawford received a cortisone shot and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Crawford is expected to miss anywhere from two weeks to two months — an informal timetable offered by Don Mattingly on Tuesday. A more exact timetable is expected in the coming days.
Kiké Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Crawford’s spot on the active roster and is starting in center field today against the San Francisco Giants. Alex Guerrero is getting his first start in left field while Scott Van Slyke starts in right field against Madison Bumgarner, a left-handed pitcher.
Dodgers third baseman Alex Guerrero, right, has 13 RBIs this season, tied for ninth in the National League. (Associated Press photo)
SAN DIEGO — Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said prior to Sunday’s game against the Padres that the team might recall an outfielder from the minors with Yasiel Puig going on the 15-day disabled list.
Reading between the lines, however, it now seems likely that Alex Guerrero will move into a hybrid left field/third baseman role in Puig’s absence.
SAN DIEGO — Sunday’s game between the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies was postponed due to rain. That means the Giants will reset their rotation for the three-game series at Dodger Stadium beginning Monday.
Writes Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News:
The immediate impact: Tim Lincecum will slide back a day to start Monday’s series opener at Dodger Stadium. And as a result, there will be a rematch between Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday. The only pitching decision still to be made was whether to skip Ryan Vogelsong or start him on Wednesday and let him try to build off the positive momentum of his last start against the Dodgers at home.
That also means Andre Ethier will be in the starting lineup with a right-handed pitcher starting tomorrow. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said prior to Sunday’s game at Petco Park that he would sit Ethier, a left-handed hitter, against the left-handed Bumgarner.
Brett Anderson is scheduled to start Monday for the Dodgers and Zack Greinke on Wednesday.