Puig, like Wednesday, was slated to bat fifth and play right field. But now he's out again, with Alberto Callaspo now starting. The original lineup had Puig in right, Scott Van Slyke in left field and Alex Guerrero at third, with what would have been his first start at third base in 31 games, since May 24.
With Puig out, Van Slyke moves to right field, Guerrero to left, and Callaspo slots in at third base.
The Dodgers lineup is all right-handed - counting switch-hitters Jimmy Rollins and Callaspo - against Cubs southpaw Jon Lester. Adrian Gonzalez and Joc Pederson both get Thursday off, with Justin Turner starting at first base and Enrique Hernandez in center.
The Dodgers are 4-8 against left-handed starting pitchers this season.
With Puig out, Rollins bats second for the second time in the last 27 games. Howie Kendrick was slated to bat second, but moved to fifth in place of Puig.
With the day game after the night game, A.J. Ellis gets the start at catcher. Ellis has reached base in seven of his last nine starts, hitting .280/.400/.360 during that span.
Puig wasn't the only scratch on Thursday. The Cubs had Starlin Castro at shortstop, but he is at the hospital waiting for his wife to give birth to their child, per Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.
Addison Russell moves from second base to shortstop, with Jonathan Herrera starting at second base.
Lester is 0-for-27 with 13 strikeouts in his first season in the National League, and is 0-for-63 with one walk and 35 strikeouts in his career. Carlos Frias is 1-for-16 this season with a walk and nine strikeouts, with his only hit a bunt single, and is 1-for-23 in his career. This quite possibly could be the worst-hitting pitching matchup of the year.
Pederson, still a rookie, took part in what is becoming an annual Wrigley Field tradition, the coffee run, this year along with Mike Bolsinger and Adam Liberatore:
Coffee run! pic.twitter.com/SKuKTTKoPC— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 25, 2015