Another day, another lineup?
It only seems Manager Don Mattingly trots out a different one every day, though Tuesday's is at least interesting:
RF – Yasiel Puig
1B – Adrian Gonzalez
2B – Howie Kendrick
LF – Alex Guerrero
SS – Enrique Hernandez
SP – Carlos Frias
Tuesday marks the Dodgers' 59th game of the season and this is Mattingly's 47th different lineup. Last season he used 124 lineups in the 162 games.
Tuesday’s creation was brought about partially because of injury (
Turner fouled a ball off his left kneecap Monday. He was getting treatment before the game and Mattingly hoped he would be available later to pinch-hit.
After Pederson hit five home runs in his last five road games (seven for 20 overall), he has cooled off at home, going two for 18. Tuesday, however, is Joc Pederson T-shirt night.
"I was trying to wait for the off day, but he looks a little bit worn down, beat up," Mattingly said. "I'll try to give him a day today and then the off day Thursday."
Several other Dodgers are getting closer to healthy. Mattingly said pitchers
Mattingly said Carl Crawford (oblique) has started running.
"He got over the hump and is doing more and more stuff," Mattingly said. "He'll be doing a lot more now."