Reading between the lines, expect to see a lot of Alex Guerrero in left field.

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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.

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Giants re-set rotation; Clayton Kershaw will face Madison Bumgarner Tuesday in L.A.

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.

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Yasiel Puig not in Dodgers’ lineup Saturday in San Diego. Update.

Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers’ lineup one day after re-aggravating his left hamstring strain against the San Diego Padres. Andre Ethier is batting second and playing right field instead.

Update (4:55 p.m.): Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Puig is receiving treatment and his hamstring “didn’t seem that bad.” He would not rule out Puig from playing today, nor would he rule out Puig from going on the disabled list. That’s not especially helpful, but it’s more helpful than Puig — who did not speak to reporters after Friday’s game or before today’s.

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Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig re-aggravates left hamstring strain, leaves game.

SAN DIEGO — Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig re-aggravated the strained left hamstring that caused him to miss four games last week running out a ground ball in the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres.

Puig jogged back to the dugout and was replaced in the field by Andre Ethier in the bottom of the sixth inning.

A 96-mph Andrew Cashner fastball hit Puig on the side of his left knee in the first inning Friday, but he remained in the game.

Puig is said to be day-to-day.

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The continuing adventures of Yasiel Puig’s left hamstring. (Out today.)

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Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers’ starting lineup Sunday against the Colorado Rockies. (Getty Images)

Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers’ starting lineup against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. Andre Ethier is playing right field after starting in left the day before.

Puig tried to play through his strained left hamstring in the Dodgers’ 7-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. He showed up at the ballpark this morning feeling “soreness,” according to manager Don Mattingly.

If Puig does not play today, it will be the fourth game of the last five that he’s missed. The Dodgers have the added advantage of two off-days this week — one this past Thursday, another tomorrow. In hindsight, why didn’t the Dodgers simply send Puig to the 15-day disabled list and call up an outfielder to strengthen their bench?

“We don’t feel like there’s any injury,” Mattingly said. “The DL was part of the conversation earlier. If they (the Dodgers’ medical staff) say ‘DL’ I’m fine. Andre’s playing well. If medical says we should DL (Puig) we’ll DL him. We have guys in Triple-A who are swinging the bats.”

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