CHICAGO — Right fielder Yasiel Puig was scratched from the Dodgers’ lineup for the second consecutive day because of an open callus on the palm of his left hand.
Puig might be available to pinch run or pinch hit; manager Don Mattingly addressed his status this morning:
Alex Guerrero is playing left field, Scott Van Slyke is in right, and Alberto Callaspo was inserted to the lineup as the Dodgers’ third baseman. Here’s the full lineup for the 1 p.m. game against the Cubs:
Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke allowed two runs in eight innings against the San Diego Padres on Saturday. (Associated Press photo)
SAN DIEGO — We should be probably talking about how Zack Greinke is practically invincible tonight. Instead we’re talking about how he is winless in his last seven starts after losing 2-1 to the Padres on Saturday. The box score is here.
Andrew Friedman had a message to fans expecting Corey Seager to be called up any day now: Don’t hold your breath.
Scott Van Slyke went 1 for 4 with a double and a strikeout in his first rehab game with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Joel Peralta faced four batters in the game, threw 25 pitches, and allowed one run on a double, a single and a sacrifice fly RBI.
Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke is on the disabled list but already getting his pregame reps in at … shortstop and third base. Van Slyke, who is suffering from “mid-back tightness,” said that bending over to field a ground ball is easier then turning and running to catch a fly ball.
More significantly, the outfielder said he is close to playing some rehab games. Don Mattingly said earlier this week that Van Slyke would not need any rehab games before returning to the major-league roster, but the manager said Tuesday “it sounds like (Van Slyke) is definitely going to play in a rehab game or two.”
Van Slyke is still expected to miss the minimum 15 days, or close to it. He is eligible to return Monday, when the Dodgers are playing on the road against the Texas Rangers.
In the meantime Van Slyke might either join the Dodgers this weekend in San Diego, where they play Friday, Saturday and Sunday, or head out on a minor-league rehab assignment during that time. His most likely destination: Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, which is playing at home this weekend and facilitating rehab assignments for pitchers Brandon League and Joel Peralta.
When Van Slyke begins his assignment will depend on his progress in the coming days.