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Wounded Dodgers Look To Avoid Sweep At Coors Field

Marlins fans are probably wondering how Hanley Ramirez got to the outfield from shortstop so fast.
Marlins fans are probably wondering how Hanley Ramirez got to the outfield from shortstop so fast.

As the Dodgers look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Rockies at Coors Field on Wednesday afternoon, they have some injuries to deal with involving both Matt Kemp and Scott Elbert.

Kemp as expected is out of the lineup on Wednesday, after running into the center field wall on Tuesday night. Kemp has a bruised knee, but tests showed nothing serious regarding either his knee or jaw. Steve Dilbeck at the Los Angeles Times has more information regarding Kemp.

Elbert has continued elbow pain, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation. Elbert spent three weeks on the disabled list with the same injury earlier in the month but since his activation on August 19 he has pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings, retiring 10 of the last 12 batters he faced.

The Dodgers recalled Shawn Tolleson from Class A Rancho Cucamonga, two days after he was optioned. Tolleson has been optioned three times this season, and each time the option was canceled because he returned because of an injury to another player within 10 days. In fact, this two-day wait for Tolleson is his longest, as the other two times he was back the next day after getting optioned.

The Dodgers have lost six of eight games at Coors Field this season, looking to win the series finale to avoid matching 2007 for their worst record in Denver in one season. The only other seasons the Dodgers have had a winning percentage under .400 in Colorado were 2005 (3-7) and 2011 (3-6).

The Dodgers do need their offense to perform to start winning, but some good pitching would be nice, too. The team has had two quality starts in Denver this season - by Aaron Harang and Ted Lilly - and those were the two games the Dodgers won on the road against the Rockies.

Since the Rockies began play in 1993, the Dodgers are 45-9 (.833) in Denver when the get a quality start from their starter, and 32-63 (.337) when they don't.

Your move, Joe Blanton.

Starting Lineups

2B Ellis CF Colvin (L)
CF Victorino (S)
SS Rutledge
1B Gonzalez (L) LF Gonzalez (L)
SS Ramirez 1B Pacheco
3B Cruz
C Hernandez
RF Ethier (L) 3B Nelson
LF Rivera
2B LeMahieu
C Ellis RF Blackmon (L)
P Blanton P Pomeranz (L)

Game Time: 12:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

MLB Gameday