Yasiel Puig’s batting average has fallen from .400 on April 14 to .265 on Thursday. (Associated Press photo)
Yasiel Puig and Howie Kendrick were dropped to fifth and seventh, respectively, in the Dodgers’ batting order Thursday, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is sticking with the two through their free-flailing struggles.
Roberts shuffled his regulars to produce a unique lineup in his 23rd game as manager. Catcher Yasmani Grandal hit cleanup for the first time this year. Four left-handed hitters (Chase Utley, Corey Seager, Adrian Gonzalez and the switch-hitting Grandal) led off against ace Miami Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez.
Puig had a .405 batting average and .500 on-base percentage 10 games into the season. Over his next 12 games, those figures dipped to .140 and .159. This week, Puig reported to the batting cage for early work on the field with hitting coach Turner Ward and coach Manny Mota.
Yasiel Puig catches D.J. LeMahieu’s sacrifice fly just outside the foul chalk line in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 7-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday. (Getty Images)
DENVER — What do you take from tonight?
That the Dodgers lost, that Yasiel Puig made one ridiculous throw but couldn’t make two, that Yimi Garcia was hurt, that Scott Kazmir was hurt? I covered all of this in my game story tonight; the box score is here.
The injuries are hard to dismiss. Zach Lee was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday for Triple-A Oklahoma City and will fly from Iowa to Denver.
Yasmani Grandal entered the weekend on a hot streak that somewhat ironically might be stalled at Coors Field.
DENVER — An hour and a half before a home game, the Dodgers will typically be indoors working out, relaxing, eating, or meeting. Tuesday they will be signing autographs.
Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke is eligible to return April 25. (Getty Images)
Scott Van Slyke won’t play in the Dodgers’ home opener today against the Arizona Diamondbacks, or any game for the next two weeks. The Dodgers placed the outfielder on the 15-day disabled list with irritation in his lower back, an injury he aggravated playing the outfield Friday in San Francisco.
Van Slyke’s DL stint is backdated to Saturday, so he’ll be eligible to return on April 25, a home game against the Miami Marlins. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Van Slyke should be able to return once his 15 days are up.
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a sacrifice fly RBI in the Oklahoma City Dodgers’ game against the Nashville Sounds on Sunday. He caught for six innings before giving way to Jack Murphy.
Grandal had nine at-bats (two right-handed, seven left-handed) in his three Triple-A rehab games. His time in the minors might be up; the Dodgers have an off-day Monday and their home opener Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Grandal is expected to be activate for that game.