09/09/12 8:41 PM ET
Dodgers seek best spot for versatile Castellanos
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Castellanos, obtained last summer from St. Louis in the Rafael Furcal trade, was an outfielder in the Cardinals system. This year at Triple-A Albuquerque, he played 84 games in the infield and only four games in the outfield.
But with the Dodgers, manager Don Mattingly has used him in the outfield, most recently in Saturday's nail-biter, when Castellanos was inserted for Juan Rivera as a pinch-runner in the top of the eighth inning and remained in the game in left field.
Naturally, the game found him with two out in the bottom of the ninth. Gregor Blanco's high fly in the sun and the wind sent Castellanos lurching into the fence, with the ball bouncing out of his glove for a double. But reliever Brandon League got pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez on a line drive to third to preserve the 3-2 Dodgers win.
Kemp eyeing return to lineup on Tuesday
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp remains hopeful for a return to the lineup Tuesday after missing his second start Sunday with a frayed shoulder labrum.
"He played catch, but didn't hit today," trainer Sue Falsone said. "Mostly just rest, and we'll let the off-day work for us."
Kemp received a cortisone shot Saturday in the shoulder, which was injured when he ran into the outfield fence at Coors Field in Denver. He gave no indication whether he'll be ready for the opener in Arizona Tuesday night.
"I hope so. That's the plan," he said. "I pray to God I can. With the off-day tomorrow, I'm sure that will help."
Hairston set for hip surgery on Monday
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers infielder Jerry Hairston will undergo surgery on his left hip Monday in Vail, Colo.
Although the surgery is arthroscopic, it is not minor. Doctors will repair a torn labrum and shave an irregularity in the head of the femur, which caused the injury. Hairston will be on crutches for three weeks and the rehab can last anywhere from three to six months. Hairston said he was bothered by the injury through most of the season and he's been on the disabled list since Aug. 12. He will earn $3.75 million next season in the final year of a two-year deal.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.