LAD@SF: Kemp leaves game with shoulder injury

PHOENIX -- Back in injury mode, the Dodgers Monday placed outfielder Matt Kemp and starting pitcher Stephen Fife on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder injuries.

Kemp's place on the roster will be taken by Scott Van Slyke, recalled from Albuquerque. Fife's spot on the roster will be taken by newly acquired Ricky Nolasco, who makes his Dodgers debut Tuesday night. Nolasco was acquired from the Marlins on Saturday for three Minor League pitchers.

Fife had a recurrence of right shoulder bursitis that put him on the DL in May. He said it surfaced Sunday but didn't bother him during his Saturday start in San Francisco. Fife has gone 3-3 with a 2.76 ERA in eight starts.

Fife's next start, scheduled for Thursday night, will be taken by Chris Capuano, who gets a reprieve after being bumped to the bullpen with Nolasco's arrival.

Kemp is still unable to swing a bat after irritating the acromioclavicular joint in his left shoulder on a swing Friday night.

Kemp tried to test the shoulder during early batting practice, but it "didn't go very well," manager Don Mattingly said. Kemp will fly back to Los Angeles to be examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who performed surgery to repair his torn labrum and rotator cuff fraying last year.

The Dodgers still believe the current injury is unrelated to the surgery, although Mattingly conceded he's "a little bit concerned."

"It is the same shoulder," he said. "He had a shot, I think in the Spring, that made everything go away. I think we're being a little cautious. He probably would be able before the break. The other day, I didn't think he'd be disabled."

"He was already going to miss four days and with the All-Star break, it didn't make sense for us to play short all that time," Mattingly said. "We'll be half-way through."

Kemp was batting .254 with four homers (including one in each of the two games preceding the injury) and 24 RBIs in 61 games. Earlier this year, he missed 24 games with a right hamstring strain.

Mattingly said because of the All-Star break, Fife will miss only one start and will be eligible to return to start the fourth or fifth game after the break.

"He's another one that didn't make sense to let him go farther," said Mattingly.

Fife said his shoulder didn't bother him during his unlucky 4 1/3 inning start Saturday, but discomfort cropped up playing catch Sunday, and he was unable to throw his regular bullpen session Monday.

"It's not nearly as bad as last time," said Fife, who was placed on the DL April 22 with the same diagnosis. "The doctor said it's just inflammation of the bursa sac, everything else is clean."

Nolasco thrilled to join hometown club

Nitkowski breaks down Nolasco trade to Dodgers

PHOENIX -- Ricky Nolasco joined the Dodgers Monday, wearing the uniform of his favorite team as he grew up in Rialto, one hour east of Dodger Stadium.

"We would go to 15 to 20 games a year," said Nolasco, who said 20 family members and friends will attend his first Dodgers start Tuesday night against the D-backs.

Nolasco was acquired with $197,000 in international signing space from Miami Saturday for Minor Leaguer pitchers Josh Wall, Steven Ames and Angel Sanchez.

Nolasco is thrilled with the homecoming. His favorite Dodgers as a youth were pitchers Ramon Martinez and Chan Ho Park. He said he attended Kevin Gross' no-hitter, sitting in the front row on the Loge Level in seats his father, a sheet-metal mechanic in Glendale, would receive from his boss.

Opposing Nolasco Tuesday will be Arizona starting pitcher Ian Kennedy. Nolasco is enough of a Dodgers fan to know that Kennedy is on the team's radar following a series of incidents, most recently the June 11 brawl triggered when he drilled Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke near the head.

"They've made me aware," Nolasco said of his teammates. "I watch TV. I know what's going on. I'm just trying to win a ballgame."

Rehabbing Elbert, Tolleson stop by clubhouse

LAD@SD: Tolleson forced to leave due to injury

PHOENIX -- With the club's training facility down the I-10, Monday was a day for visiting rehab patients as pitchers and surgical patients Scott Elbert and Shawn Tolleson were in the Dodgers clubhouse.

Elbert is one month removed from Tommy John surgery. He still has a brace on his left arm and will be out a year.

Tolleson blew out his back in mid-April and underwent disk surgery, but he has already been throwing bullpen sessions and expects to begin a Minor League rehab assignment before the month is out.

"It feels really good, no pain at all," Tolleson said. "I'm still building back my arm strength, but it feels good and I'm running again. I start [pitcher fielding practice] this week and I think being back in early August is very doable."

Dodgers pleased with Marmol's sim outing

Marmol is dealt to the Dodgers

PHOENIX -- Reliever Carlos Marmol, acquired by the Dodgers from the Cubs last week, threw a simulated game Monday at Camelback Ranch-Glendale with a large contingent of club brass watching.

Manager Don Mattingly, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, vice presidents Vance Lovelace and Rick Ragazzo and Minor League coaches Rafael Chaves and Rick Knapp were among those watching the 25-pitch session as Marmol continues to work out mechanical flaws.

"We thought it was good," said Mattingly, who added that Marmol is scheduled to make a rehab appearances for Class A Rancho Cucamonga Wednesday.

Mattingly didn't rule out Marmol being activated before the All-Star break, but also said the pitcher and the club want to, "make sure he can actually work on things and not be thrown into it."

The Dodgers acquired Marmol and cash considerations, including $209,700 in international signing space, for reliever Matt Guerrier. He then agreed to a Minor League assignment to try and recapture his former All-Star form.

"He's made good strides," said Mattingly. "He seems enthusiastic. It's a good situation so far. He's working on what Rick and the Dodgers have taught for a long time."

Worth noting

• Dick Gray, who hit the first home run in Los Angeles Dodgers history, died Monday. He was 81.

Gray homered April 16, 1958 against the Giants at San Francisco's Seal Stadium and also hit the first Los Angeles Dodgers home run at home on Apr. 18 against the Giants.

The third baseman was traded by the Dodgers in 1959 to St. Louis for Chuck Essegian and Lloyd Merritt.