DENVER -- Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was out of the starting lineup for Friday night's game with the Rockies because of an infected big toe on his right foot.

Ethier, removed from Thursday's game in Milwaukee because the toe pain hampered his running, said the toe was cut from the pressure of an ingrown toenail against the shoe and the cut became infected.

A portion of his toenail was removed Friday and he said the area was still numb from an injection.

Manager Don Mattingly, who started Juan Rivera in right field and batted Aaron Miles third, said there was a chance Ethier could have started Friday night and he expected Ethier to be available later in the game for pinch-hitting or defense.

"I don't think it will be more than a day," Mattingly said. "I didn't want to wait until game time to make a decision. They said it limited him a little running, starting and stopping."

Mattingly said the toe problem surfaced recently.

Ethier is 8-for-22 lifetime against Jason Hammel, who started for the Rockies on Friday night.

Big day for Barajas cut short by groin strain

DENVER -- Dodgers catcher Rod Barajas, who slugged a three-run homer and an RBI single earlier, left Friday night's game against the Rockies in the sixth inning with a slight strain of the right groin.

Barajas, who missed 20 games earlier this season with a sprained ankle, grounded out to second base in the top of the sixth inning. He was replaced behind the plate by Dioner Navarro in the bottom of the sixth.

"We're not quite sure the severity, but something's going on," manager Don Mattingly said. "We have to make a decision pretty quick. It didn't sound like he couldn't back up tomorrow. We'll see. If he can't, somebody will be on the way."

Barajas said he was able to crouch and didn't think the injury would require going on the disabled list, although injuries to catchers are particularly troublesome because it's dangerous to move any position player behind the plate without proper training.

The callup candidates at Triple-A are A.J. Ellis and newly acquired Tim Federowicz.

Mattingly sees no sense in pushing Kershaw

DENVER -- A day later, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly still stands by his decision to remove Clayton Kershaw one inning shy of a shutout against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.

Kershaw, a solid candidate for the National League Cy Young Award, had a five-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks through eight innings. But Mattingly pinch-hit for Kershaw in the top of the ninth and closer Javy Guerra allowed one run in the ninth inning of a 5-1 Dodgers win.

"I'm willing to let guys go farther, but yesterday it was a multiple decision," Mattingly said. "If he gets in trouble, I have to bring Javy in with guys all over the place. We had a five-run lead, Javy needed an inning and [Kershaw had thrown] 104 pitches. There's no reason to send him back out there. Why push him to a complete game or a shutout? He's going to end up with more innings than he's ever pitched. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to do it."

As is, Kershaw leads the NL with 199 strikeouts, is tied with the D-backs' Ian Kennedy and the Phillies' Roy Halladay for the league lead with 15 wins and is one inning behind Halladay for the league lead with 183 2/3 innings pitched.

Halladay is fourth with a 2.53 ERA and Kershaw is fifth at 2.60. Halladay has a league-leading seven complete games, Kershaw is third with four (Cliff Lee has five). Lee also has five shutouts and Kershaw is tied for second with the Cardinals' Jaime Garcia with two each. Kershaw is second in the league to the Reds' Johnny Cueto with a .211 opponents' batting average against.

Blake remains out with shoulder discomfort

DENVER -- Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake was out of the starting lineup for a second consecutive game with shoulder discomfort that is believed to be associated with the arthritic neck condition that had him on the disabled list for most of July.

Manager Don Mattingly said Blake had discomfort radiating down his arm, usually an indication of a nerve being pinched by a disk.

"It's all part of the same," said Mattingly.

The 37-year-old Blake has been on the DL three times this year with three different ailments.

Shortstop Dee Gordon continued his recovery from a bruised right shoulder and Mattingly said he would likely play a game or two on a Minor League rehab assignment but should be ready to return around Aug. 26, when he's eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list.

Juan Uribe is expected to resume baseball activities following a cortisone injection deep into a lower abdominal muscle. He's been on the DL since July 24.

With all the injuries, Mattingly started three utility players in the infield -- Aaron Miles at third base, Jamey Carroll at second base and Justin Sellers at shortstop.

Kenley Jansen is scheduled for rehab appearances Sunday and Tuesday for Class A Rancho Cucamonga. He has been out with an irregular heartbeat that required blood thinners, which he came off Friday. The blood thinners made it too dangerous to participate in game action.

Mattingly said there was no indication whether Jonathan Broxton will return before the season ends. Broxton just resumed playing catch and has been on the DL since May 4 with a bruised elbow.