LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are close to being able to field an entire roster full of injured players in 2016. The latest injury is relief pitcher Chris Hatcher, placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique before Wednesday's game against the Nationals.
The Dodgers recalled Charlie Culberson from Triple-A Oklahoma City, and started him at shortstop with Corey Seager still feeling ill effects from the stomach bug that kept him at the team hotel on Tuesday.
Hatcher is the 22nd different Dodgers player to be placed on the disabled list this season.
The right-hander faced three batters on Tuesday and didn't retire any of them, allowing three runs in the eighth inning of the Dodgers' 8-4 win.
Hatcher on the season has a 5.53 ERA in 37 games, with 43 strikeouts and 21 walks in 40⅔ innings. He leads the relief staff with eight home runs allowed.
Culberson hit .289/.333/.406 with 13 doubles in 46 games this season with Oklahoma City, with 40 starts at shortstop, three starts at third base and once at second base. Between the majors and minors this season, Culberson is hitting .385/.437/.585 with eight extra-base hits in 71 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers.
Gio Gonzalez starts for the Nationals on Tuesday night.
He began the season on the opening day roster and in 15 games with the big club earlier in the season was 7-for-27 (.259) with two doubles, a walk and a stolen base. Tonight is Culberson's sixth start at shortstop for the Dodgers this season, and he has also started twice at third base, played five innings in left field and one inning at second base.