Mark Ellis has been sick all day and is out of the lineup, with Nick Punto playing second base. Manager Don Mattingly said that Ellis would receive intravenous fluids before the game.
Shane Victorino was originally in the lineup but was scratched after taking batting practice. Victorino injured his right wrist in Washington D.C. on Thursday and missed three games in Cincinnati over the weekend. He is having trouble swinging a bat right-handed, which is unfortunate because that is by far his best side this season. Victorino is batting .301/.371/.481 against left-handers this season and could have been used against Clayton Richard, against whom he is hitting .385 (5-for-13).
Andre Ethier doesn't have good numbers against Richard - he is 4-for-28 in his career (.143) against him - and is getting the day off. Ethier is hitting .215/.270/.321 against left-handed pitching this season.
Mattingly though summed the Dodgers woes, conceding that any opposing pitcher of late has feasted on the slumping Dodgers, who have scored two runs or less 14 times in their last 28 games.
"Honestly right now with us, it doesn't matter. We've had trouble scoring no matter who we see," Mattingly said.
The ceremony for A.J. Ellis to receive the 2012 Roy Campanella Award will be Sunday, not Saturday as first reported. Ellis called the honor the most important accomplishment he could have received outside of winning a World Series, because the award was voted on by his teammates and coaches. Ellis said he voted for Mark Ellis for the award.
Game Time: 3:35 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket