The Dodgers are already dealing with a depleted bench, and their reserves and lineup just got even weaker, as first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was scratched from the lineup on Friday night against the Giants with a literal pain in his neck.
Gonzalez apparently hurt his neck while bumping into an umpire on Wednesday night, per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com.
Jerry Hairston, who was already in the lineup for an injured Carl Crawford, moves from left field to first base, with Skip Schumaker starting in left field. Crawford is out of the lineup for a third consecutive game with a tight right hamstring, but is available to pinch hit Friday night if needed, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Mark Ellis is out of the lineup for a sixth straight game with a strained right quad, and manager Don Mattingly said Ellis would be placed on the disabled list if he isn't ready by Monday, per Shaikin.
It is the second time in seven days Gonzalez was a late lineup scratch, as he also was held out of Saturday's lineup against the Brewers as he was late returning from the hospital while dealing with a skin infection. Gonzalez eventually played in that game but Mattingly said Gonzalez is available only in an emergency Friday if needed, per David Vassegh of 570 KLAC.
The Dodgers' bench on Friday consists of three healthy players: Juan Uribe, Justin Sellers, and Ramon Hernandez.
- As expected Chris Capuano will start for the Dodgers on Monday at home against Arizona, with Josh Beckett getting an extra day of rest before starting Tuesday. The Dodgers will need to make a corresponding move to active Capuano from the disabled list, which will presumably be Ellis unless they decide to end this stubborn roster foolishness before the weekend is out.
- The Giants activated left-handed relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt from the disabled list and recalled outfielder Francisco Peguero from Triple-A Fresno before Friday's game. San Francisco optioned catcher Hector Sanchez to Triple-A, and on Wednesday had already optioned pitcher Sandy Rosario to Triple-A.
Time: 7:15 p.m.
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