Dodgers injury list grows by the day

September, 15, 2013
9/15/13
12:08
PM PT
LOS ANGELES -- Don Mattingly got the daily medical report and then went to fill out his lineup card knowing that four of his top six hitters, by OPS, were not available to play Sunday.

“Today’s one of those days, it doesn’t seem like anybody is available,” Mattingly said.

The latest to join the list of the injured -- Yasiel Puig -- was out with soreness in his left hip. The Dodgers’ other dangerous right-handed hitter, Hanley Ramirez, is out at least a few more games with nerve irritation in his back and outfielders Carl Crawford (back) and Andre Ethier (ankle) also were unavailable.

On the other hand, Mattingly and the Dodgers still have more than two weeks to get everyone healthy and playing together for a playoff push. In fact, Matt Kemp (ankle) could return from the disabled list Monday or Tuesday in Arizona.

“I’m pretty confident these guys are getting healthy and we’ll get everyone back in there,” Mattingly said.

So, in other words, better now than two weeks from now.

Here are the lineups for Sunday’s game, with the Dodgers hoping to reduce their magic number of four and set up a possible clinching game Monday in Arizona:

San Francisco

1. Gregor Blanco CF
2. Marco Scutaro 2B
3. Brandon Belt 1B
4. Hunter Pence RF
5. Pablo Sandoval 3B
6. Hector Sanchez C
7. Brandon Crawford SS
8. Juan Perez LF
9. Ryan Vogelsong RHP

Dodgers

1. Dee Gordon SS
2. Mark Ellis 2B
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
4. Juan Uribe 3B
5. Skip Schumaker CF
6. Jerry Hairston Jr. LF
7. A.J. Ellis C
8. Nick Buss RF
9. Edinson Volquez RHP

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
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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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Clayton Kershaw
WINS ERA SO IP
16 1.73 194 161
OTHER LEADERS
BAY. Puig .301
HRA. Gonzalez 18
RBIA. Gonzalez 90
RD. Gordon 73
OPSY. Puig .882
ERAC. Kershaw 1.73
SOC. Kershaw 194