Yasiel Puig scratched from Dodgers lineup

Yasiel Puig scratched from Dodgers lineup
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig runs to first base during a game against the San Francisco Giants on June 20. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Yasiel Puig was scratched from the Dodgers lineup Wednesday.

A callus on Puig's left hand tore open in the series opener Monday. Since then, Puig has played with the hand heavily bandaged.

Puig has played in 16 games since he was activated from the 15-day disabled list on June 6. In that span, he has batted .333 with a home run and six runs batted in.


In the lineup that was originally posted in the Dodgers clubhouse, Puig was batting fifth and starting in right field. Puig batted leadoff in each of the team's last five games.

Manager Don Mattingly said he wanted Puig to be in a position to potentially drive in runs for the run-starved team, which has scored two or fewer times in 21 of its last 37 games. Mattingly said he was also thinking of moving Joc Pederson toward the middle of the lineup for the same reason.

Alex Guerrero replaced Puig on Wednesday as the Dodgers' No. 5 hitter.

Guerrero started in left field. Andre Ethier, who was originally started in left field, replaced Puig in right.

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