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.
CHICAGO — A bare-handed fan had an easier time catching fly balls than Cubs center fielder Matt Szczur … and the Dodgers still could not score a single run in support of Zack Greinke. The box score is here.
Prior to the game, I caught up with Ian Thomas about his adventurous day off.
CHICAGO — The Dodgers won a challenge in the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs when video review was used to determine that a fan interfered with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
Here’s how he did it:
The fan received a momentary standing ovation when a clip of the catch was replayed over and over on the video boards at Wrigley Field. The batter, Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel, was declared out after the challenge and subsequent review.
Update (6 p.m.): The fan, identified as Keith Hartley of Chicago, was allowed to remain in his seat. So was his baby.