OAKLAND — Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig left Tuesday’s game against the Oakland A’s after pulling up lame at first base when he beat out an infield single in the eighth inning.
Update (10:23 p.m.): Puig left the game with right hamstring tightness.
Carl Crawford pinch-run for Puig and scored on a 3-run home run by A.J. Ellis.
Puig missed 38 games with a strained left hamstring earlier in the season.
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.
Carl Crawford is the Dodgers’ de facto fourth outfielder, and also the highest-paid outfielder on the team. (Getty Images)
Sonny Gray dealt the Dodgers their third straight loss, though they remained a half-game up on the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. The photo gallery is here.
The Dodgers’ fourth outfielder has two years and $43,464,000 remaining on his contract after this season.
Third base coach Tim Wallach discussed the strengths (Howie Kendrick, Joc Pederson, Jimmy Rollins) and limitations (sometimes they lose double plays to The Shift) of the Dodgers’ defense with colleague Mark Whicker.
Carl Crawford was activated from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
ATLANTA — If you’re a struggling pitcher with a minor-league option in your contract, long postgame meetings with the manager rarely bode well. Such was the case for Brandon Beachy, who was ticketed for Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for outfielder Carl Crawford.
Crawford was officially activated from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday. The Dodgers cleared a spot for him on the 40-man roster by designating Preston Guilmet for assignment. Guilmet had made three relief appearances for Oklahoma City since the Dodgers claimed him off waivers from Tampa Bay on July 10.
Outside of the All-Star Game, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke hasn’t allowed a run in his last 43 2/3 innings on the mound. (Associated Press photo)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Zack Greinke was untouchable for eight innings as the Dodgers finished off a series win against the Nationals. The box score is here.
Carl Crawford is about to rejoin a crowded Dodgers outfield, and Yasmani Grandal got a health scare in the form of a foul ball to his mask.