The Dodgers go for a second straight win on Saturday night, but will be without Yasiel Puig against the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego. Puig is out of the starting lineup one night after re-aggravating a left hamstring injury in Friday's series opener.
Puig left in the sixth inning on Friday, and missed four games in a five-game stretch last week with left hamstring tightness.
Puig has never been on the disabled list in his nearly two years in the major leagues, but he has missed games and starts here and there with various injuries. He has played in 263 and started in the field in 248 of a possible 285 games in his big league career through Friday, a pace of 149 games and 141 starts over the 162-game season.
Andre Ethier starts in right field, his eighth start in 17 games this season. Ethier is hitting .300/.405/.500 in 37 plate appearances, and against Padres starter Ian Kennedy is 11-for-34 (.324) with two home runs, two doubles and three walks in his career.
It has been a rough start this season for Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko, who is just 7-for-43 and hitting .163/.250/.209. He has sat on the bench in each of the last three games for San Diego, and is out again on Saturday thanks to his 0-for-14 mark with five strikeouts against Brandon McCarthy, starting on Saturday for the Dodgers.
Yangervis Solarte starts at second base for the Padres.
The Padres activated Kennedy from the disabled list (left hamstring strain) to start on Saturday against the Dodgers, his second start of the year. To make room, left-handed relief pitcher Frank Garces was optioned to Triple-A El Paso.