Dodgers scratch Yasiel Puig from Wednesday lineup. Update.

Yasiel Puig headshotCHICAGO — 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.

Adrian Gonzalez remains a now-distant second in National League All-Star voting.

Barring an unexpected last-minute push, Adrian Gonzalez will not start for the National League at the upcoming All-Star Game.

The Dodgers first baseman trails Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt by more than two million votes (5,867,602 to 3,329,716) in the last update provided today by MLB. He and Yasmani Grandal, who is a distant fourth among NL catchers, are the only Dodgers among the top-five vote getters at their position.

Joc Pederson is sixth, and Yasiel Puig is 14th, among NL outfielders. The top three outfielders on the fan ballot will start the game on July 14 in Cinncinati.

Voting continues online until July 2. Between now and then, only one more vote count will be announced by the league. That will happen a week from today.

The full updated voting results are below:
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Don Mattingly says that Andre Ethier’s job is safe when Carl Crawford returns.

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Andre Ethier moved from right field to left field when Yasiel Puig was activated from the disabled list. (David Crane/Staff photographer)

CHICAGO >> Carl Crawford continues to make progress in his rehab from a strained oblique muscle, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Monday. Crawford is swinging a bat and running curved lines, and could be playing in rehab games soon.

However, the manager offered no assurance that Crawford will be the Dodgers’ starting left fielder once he returns to the Dodgers.

“I haven’t thought about where (Crawford) fits in,” Mattingly said. “Andre’s kind of taken that spot.”
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