04/28/2013 2:38 AM ET
M. Ellis rests before Dodgers make DL call
By Austin Laymance / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are hoping Mark Ellis can avoid a trip to the disabled list after the second baseman strained his right quad on Friday against the Brewers.
Ellis was out of the lineup on Saturday, and the Dodgers are holding their breath to see if the veteran can return in a few days. Ellis strained his quad while running to first base on a ground ball in the fifth inning Friday and was removed from the game. He received treatment on Saturday, but is unlikely to play.
"We'll be able to make a better decision [Sunday]," manager Don Mattingly said before Saturday's game against Milwaukee. "We're obviously going to bite the bullet for a day or two here and see where we're at, which to me is good news. Any time you see somebody pull up like that, it's usually not good news. But today it seemed better."
Skip Schumaker started in place of Ellis at second. Catcher A.J. Ellis replaced the second baseman in the No. 2 hole in the lineup.
Mattingly said he chose A.J. Ellis to hit second instead of Schumaker to break up the left-handed bats in the lineup. The catcher hit second in five games last season.
"You can kind of put him anywhere," Mattingly said. "He sees a lot of pitches."
Mark Ellis is hitting .342 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 20 games. He is second in the National League with a .542 average (6-for-11) with runners in scoring position.
Dodgers place Fife on DL, recall Magill
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers placed right-hander Stephen Fife on the disabled list on Saturday with right shoulder bursitis, the seventh pitcher to spend time on the DL this year.
Fife was scheduled to start Saturday, so the Dodgers recalled right-hander Matt Magill from Triple-A Albuquerque to make his Major League debut against the Brewers at Dodger Stadium.
Fife said he felt discomfort in his shoulder after his start on Sunday in Baltimore. Fife started in place of Chad Billingsley, who is out for the season following Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, and threw 80 pitches in 4 2/3 innings. He had an MRI on Tuesday in New York. Fife threw again on Friday in Los Angeles, but experienced discomfort and the Dodgers decided a DL stint was necessary.
"I'm just going try and take it in stride, but I'm definitely not that excited to miss an opportunity," said Fife, who had a similar injury in 2009.
Fife is taking anti-inflammatory medication and will not throw for a few days.
Magill, ranked No. 7 among the Dodgers' top prospects, pitched 19 innings in four starts with Albuquerque this season, posting a 2.84 ERA with 23 strikeouts. He has a career 3.77 ERA in six seasons in the Minors.
Magill, 23, is the ninth starter for the Dodgers in 23 games. The last time the organization used that many starters this early in a season was in 1942, when the Dodgers played in Brooklyn and used 10 starters in 22 games.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly would not say if Magill would be in line to make another start after Saturday. Chris Capuano (calf strain) is scheduled to make a Minor League rehab start on Wednesday, and the left-hander could be activated from the DL next week. The Dodgers have an off-day on Thursday, and don't need a fifth starter until a three-game series against Arizona May 6-8.
Other Dodgers pitchers to spend time on the DL this year include: Billingsley, Capuano, Scott Elbert, Zack Greinke, Ted Lilly and Shawn Tolleson.
Lilly was activated on Wednesday and made his first start since last May.
Adrian scratched late with skin infection on leg
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was scratched from the lineup roughly an hour before Saturday's game against the Brewers because of a small skin infection on his right leg.
Gonzalez received antibiotics at a local hospital and returned to the Dodgers clubhouse by the second inning. He entered the game at first base after a double-switch in the seventh and went 0-for-2 in the Dodgers' 6-4 loss.
The Dodgers hoped Gonzalez would be back in time to start the game, but it took longer than expected to receive antibiotics at the hospital.
"It's not bothering me, we just wanted to be proactive," Gonzalez said. "We didn't want [the infection] to get out of hand so we decided to go to the hospital."
Andre Ethier moved up in the batting order to replace Gonzalez in the No. 3 hole and went 1-for-4 with a solo home run.
Jerry Hairston started in place of Gonzalez at first base and hit sixth. He doubled in his first at-bat and played solid defense at first before Gonzalez replaced him.
Gonzalez had started all 22 games at first for the Dodgers this season. Hairston last played first in a Major League game in 2006.
Hanley collects two RBIs in first rehab game
LOS ANGELES -- Hanley Ramirez began a Minor League rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday as the shortstop continues to inch closer to a return to the Dodgers.
Ramirez played six innings at shortstop and led off for the Quakes in an 8-3 win against Lake Elsinore. Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a single in his first at-bat and two RBIs.
Ramirez drove in his first run on a groundout to second. He added a sacrifice fly to center in the fifth inning.
It was the first game action for Ramirez since he had surgery on his right thumb on March 22. Ramirez played with a small splint on his thumb to prevent re-injury.
Capuano slated to make rehab start on Wednesday
LOS ANGELES -- Chris Capuano is getting closer to returning to the Dodgers, and the left-hander is scheduled to make a Minor League rehab start on Wednesday.
Capuano will start for either Triple-A Albuquerque or Class A Rancho Cucamonga and could be activated from the disabled list as early as May 6 to start against the D-backs. He has been on the disabled list since April 17 with a strained left calf, but Capuano said he has not felt any discomfort while throwing.
"It's good that we've been able to take our time with this and hopefully just do it one time," said Capuano, one of seven Dodgers pitchers to spend time on the DL in 2013. "I haven't felt one thing this whole process."
Capuano threw a simulated game on Saturday at Dodger Stadium and said he "felt really good." He was scheduled to throw on Sunday but decided to throw a day earlier because the Dodgers have a day game Sunday.
While Capuano has not had any issues throwing, he's still working to be able to sprint off the mound and cover first without aggravating his calf.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.