PITTSBURGH -- The Dodgers open a three-game series in Pittsburgh against the Pirates, but all hands are not on deck. Both a Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez, hit on the left hand by a pitch in the last two days, are out of Monday's lineup in the series opener at PNC Park.
Puig was hit by a pitch in the third inning on Saturday by Joe Kelly of the Cardinals, then exited the game five innings later. Puig was completely unavailable on Sunday night against the Cardinals.
Ramirez was hit in the fourth inning in the shoulder by a pitch from Carlos Martinez, then in the ninth was hit on the hand by closer Trevor Rosenthal and left the game. X-rays on both were negative, though both were expected to be reexamined in Pittsburgh.
Justin Turner gets the start at shortstop in place of Ramirez, and will bat second.
With Puig out, Carl Crawford starts in left field, with Andre Ethier in center field and Matt Kemp in right field, a position he hasn't played since October 3, 2009. On July 12 against the Padres after Puig was ejected, manager Don Mattingly put Kemp in center field and Ethier in right field, in part because Kemp hasn't played right field in five years.
"Matt hasn't been in right at all, and I knew Dre could play all three easily, and that Matt would be comfortable in center," Mattingly said nine days ago.
But today Kemp is in right field, even though he still hasn't taken any balls in warmups at the position.
Matt Kemp says he hasn't taken any balls in right field. Will be playing there today for the first time since 2009. "I'll be good," he said.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) July 21, 2014
This will be Kemp's 169th career game in right field, and his 132nd start.