Carl Crawford (oblique) lands on the disabled list as Dodgers’ injury carousel spins.

Carl Crawford

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

Alex Guerrero

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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A.J. Ellis cleared to back up Yasmani Grandal in San Francisco.

One day after he was struck in the hand by a foul tip, Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis was able to throw a baseball. He isn’t starting the 1 p.m. game against the Giants (Yasmani Grandal is) but manager Don Mattingly said that Ellis has been cleared to back up.

“It was just a matter of how sore he was going to be today,” Mattingly said. “I think he kept the ice on as much as he could and he’s doing good today.”

Scott Van Slyke is the emergency third catcher.

As of roughly 11:30 a.m., Ellis still hadn’t hit in the batting cage, but he could easily get a few hacks in before the game and be able to hit. He may also only be available to catch.

Ellis probably wouldn’t have started anyway, with the Giants sending right-hander Ryan Vogelsong to the mound.