LOS ANGELES -- As the Dodgers enter their final extended homestand of the season, here is a series of updates on Dodgers in various states of injury.
Howie Kendrick got several at-bats in a simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Monday before the game, though did not run after hitting the ball. He hit at least one home run, a two-run shot because manager Don Mattingly called out a situation of 2-2, runner on second base two pitches before Kendrick hit one into the left field seats.
Kendrick will continue to get at-bats in another simulated game again on Tuesday.
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Carl Crawford is not starting on Monday night against Rockies starter Jon Gray, two days after feeling tightness in his right hamstring. Mattingly said Crawford might be available to pinch hit if needed in an emergency on Monday, but the team would rather not use him, instead giving him time to rest.
"[Crawford] is doing well, and he came to me wanting to go. But Stan [Conte, team trainer] is being cautious with him. We have a righty tonight, and then two lefties back-to-back," Mattingly said. "We erred on the side of caution, given our rash of hamstring injuries and his being tight. We're in careful mode with him."
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Jimmy Rollins will sit out at least another day before testing his right index finger. The earliest Rollins would start at shortstop is Wednesday, meaning more time for Corey Seager at the position.
"Jimmy was going to hit today and throw but that got pushed back another day, so that's going to be tomorrow now. He felt like he needed one more day," Mattingly said. "We'll find how he feels the next day."
Rollins last played on Sept. 6.
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The Dodgers are awaiting MRI results on the left hamstring of infielder Jose Peraza, who left Sunday's game early. Mattingly said there is concern that Peraza will miss long enough to effectively end his season.
Peraza, who stole three bases in three attempts in his seven major league games, had a chance at making the Dodgers postseason roster at least as a pinch runner, though he also has positional versatility as well. Mattingly said the Dodgers don't really have another candidate on the 40-man roster or otherwise who might fill that role in October if not Peraza.
"You talk about a speed guy, that's one of those things you never know you need it until you get to that spot," Mattingly said.
Dee Gordon made the Dodgers postseason roster for both the NLDS and NLCS in 2013, but appeared in only two of 10 games as a pinch runner, and was unsuccessful in his only steal attempt.
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Carlos Frias is in Los Angeles with the team, occupying one of 41 lockers currently in use in the Dodgers' 44-locker clubhouse. He is currently on the 60-day disabled list with back tightness, but is cleared to return.
"We plan on activating him," Mattingly said. "We're just not sure what day."
Frias last pitched on Thursday for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The Dodgers will need to make a corresponding move to make room for Frias on the 40-man roster, which is the only hold up in his activation. That move could be Peraza to the 60-day DL if his hamstring indeed forces him out for the year.
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Yasmani Grandal is back in the starting lineup on Monday, two days after catching on Saturday for the first time in a week. Mattingly said Grandal felt fine after catching Saturday and didn't show up on any medical reports needing treatment on his left shoulder.
Mattingly said the medical staff has limited Grandal's swings in the batting cage recently in an effort to rest his left shoulder. With two left-handed starting pitchers slated for Colorado and Tuesday and Wednesday, Grandal figures to get even more rest after Monday's start.
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There is no real update on Yasiel Puig and Kiké Hernandez, both nursing hamstring injuries. Hernandez was doing some stretching and exercises on the field, while Puig was limited to running indoors on the Alter G machine, which reduces stress on the body while running. "They're still working out," Mattingly said. "As they get better, they'll get on the field."