Puig still not in the lineup

July, 14, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig missed his second consecutive start with a strained left hip, and manager Don Mattingly said he would prefer not to use Puig as a pinch hitter or in a double switch so he can give him five days' rest before the Dodgers' next game.

Because of the All-Star break and a travel day Thursday, they don't play after Sunday until Friday in Washington. The story is essentially the same with Carl Crawford, who has a stiff lower back.

Puig's lack of availability here seemed to cast serious doubt on whether he would be available as an injury replacement for Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman in Tuesday's All-Star Game. Mattingly didn't directly oppose the idea of Puig playing in New York, but he made it clear he's not a big fan of the idea.

"I’m staying out of all that stuff, but if a guy’s hurt he usually doesn’t go to the All-Star Game," Mattingly said.

Puig was pulled after two at-bats Friday night and hasn't played since. He injured himself colliding with an outfield wall in Colorado on July 3.

* Mattingly also announced his post-break pitching rotation. Ricky Nolasco will pitch Friday in Washington, followed by Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Chris Capuano.

Kershaw gets extra rest after the All-Star Game and Ryu gets extra rest as he adjusts to pitching on four days' rest. Ryu worked on five days' rest while in Korea and the Dodgers are monitoring his innings to some extent.

Here are lineups for Sunday's first-half finale with Colorado:

1. Dexter Fowler CF
2. DJ LeMahieu 2B
3. Carlos Gonzalez LF
4. Troy Tulowitzki SS
5. Michael Cuddyer RF
6. Todd Helton 1B
7. Wilin Rosario C
8. Nolan Arenado 3B
9. Jhoulys Chacin RHP

1. Skip Schumaker RF
2. Nick Punto 2B
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
4. Hanley Ramirez SS
5. Andre Ethier CF
6. A.J. Ellis C
7. Scott Van Slyke LF
8. Jerry Hairston Jr 3B
9. Ricky Nolasco RHP

Mark Saxon

Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.



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Zack Greinke
11 2.90 130 124
BAY. Puig .308
HRA. Gonzalez 15
RBIA. Gonzalez 65
RD. Gordon 54
OPSY. Puig .915
ERAC. Kershaw 1.92
SOC. Kershaw 134