Chris Capuano collided with Jason Marquis and fell down covering first base in the first inning. He wasn’t injured on that play, but stayed in the game and strained his left calf muscle running to cover the bag in the second.
Chris Capuano was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, ruling him out for the next time the Dodgers will need a fifth starter. That spot wouldn’t necessarily come up until the Dodgers’ April 27 home game against the Milwuakee Brewers, but manger Don Mattingly said he would like to use the fifth starter on April 24 at Citi Field against the New York Mets to give Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett an extra day between their next two starts.
Ted Lilly returned to the team one day after making a rehab start for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session in two days. He’s done making rehab starts and is poised to take the fifth turn in the rotation.
“If he slots in, everybody kind of gets an extra day,” Mattingly said. “We really like doing that.”
The Dodgers defeated the Mets 11-2 tonight at Citi Field. For a full recap and boxscore click here
THE BARE ESSENTIALS:
The Dodgers ended any suspense by jumping on Mets starter Livan Hernandez for four runs in the top of the first, the big blow coming on a three-run double by Orlando Hudson.
Rafael Furcal, a noted Mets killer in his Atlanta days, feasted on some New York cooking with three hits and three runs scored.
Manny Ramirez added two hits and two RBIs.
Randy Wolf wasn’t as sharp as usual, but after struggling a bit early he settled own with the lead and gave the Dodgers 6.1 innings while giving up two runs on seven hits.
The Dodgers got 2.2 more innings of scoreless relief from their bullpen, this time from James McDonald and Claudio Vargas.
Matt Kemp had three hits and is now batting .319 on the year.
The Dodgers open a three-game series in Milwaukee sending RHP Chad Billingsley (9-4, 3.14) vs. RHP Braden Looper (7-4, 4.78)