Injuries shuffle the deck again

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- An assortment of injuries, minor and less-minor, have put the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster in limbo.

Catcher A.J. Ellis strained a rib-cage muscle swinging before Wednesday's game and won't be available for a couple of days, so the team recalled Tim Federowicz from Triple-A. However, Federowicz might not stick around long.

The Dodgers also will need an everyday center fielder to replace Matt Kemp while he's on the 15-day disabled list and the most likely candidate is Tony Gwynn Jr. Manager Don Mattingly said the team isn't considering Double-A outfielders Yasiel Puig or Joc Pederson, both of whom are viewed as longer-term prospects.

Andre Ethier moved over to play center field Thursday, but that was a stop-gap solution until the Dodgers recall a minor-league center fielder, Mattingly said.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers held out Matt Magill from Thursday's start in Albuquerque in case he's needed to replace Hyun-Jin Ryu in Colorado on Sunday. Ryu took a grounder off his foot while pitching a two-hit shutout Tuesday, but Mattingly said it's unlikely he'll miss Sunday's start.

Got all that?

OK, here are lineups for Thursday's game in Anaheim:


1. Carl Crawford LF

2. Mark Ellis 2B

3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B

4. Scott Van Slyke RF

5. Jerry Hairston Jr. 3B

6. Andre Ethier CF

7. Tim Federowicz C

8. Ramon Hernandez DH

9. Nick Punto SS


1. Erick Aybar SS

2. Mike Trout CF

3. Albert Pujols 1B

4. Mark Trumbo RF

5. Howie Kendrick 2B

6. Alberto Callaspo 3B

7. Chris Iannetta C

8. Chris Nelson DH

9. J.B. Shuck LF