5/4/2013 4:15 A.M. ET
Dodgers scratch Gonzalez with neck problem
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Dodgers went into the Giants series Friday even more shorthanded than they thought when first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was a late scratch with a stiff neck.
He joined left fielder Carl Crawford and second baseman Mark Ellis on the walking-wounded list, the Dodgers deciding not to put either of them on the disabled list and call up a position player like Yasiel Puig or Scott Van Slyke from the Minor Leagues.
Manager Don Mattingly used Crawford as a pinch-hitter and he legged out an infield single. It was Crawford's first appearance since coming out of Monday night's game with a tight right hamstring muscle.
The club is really rolling the dice with Ellis, who hasn't played since leaving last Thursday night's game against Milwaukee with a strained right quad. Mattingly said he doesn't want to use Ellis throughout this weekend series. Mattingly said Ellis would either return to the starting lineup at 100 percent strength Monday or be put on the DL.
"He's still feeling something," Mattingly said.
Crawford was planning to take fly balls before Friday night's game. He said he was injured Monday night while making a diving catch of Michael Cuddyer's sinking line drive in the fifth inning, and an MRI showed a minor strain that he didn't think would require a DL stint.
Gonzalez was injured Wednesday vs. the Rockies when he collided with first-base umpire Tony Randazzo when he turned to chase Carlos Gonzalez's double down the right-field line in the eighth inning, although he stayed in the game. Mattingly said he didn't hear anything about a problem until Friday afternoon, when Gonzalez mentioned the injury to him. Gonzalez tried to hit in the indoor batting cage and reported continued discomfort.
"I can't turn my neck to face the pitcher," said Gonzalez. "If I can't see the pitcher, I can't hit. They told me it's kind of like a car crash. I get a shooting pain every time I turn my neck. I couldn't sleep last night. I tried everything I could today to play."
All of those decisions left the Dodgers with only Justin Sellers, Juan Uribe and Ramon Hernandez as healthy bench players for Friday night's game against the defending World Series champions.
It also meant that behind ace Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers fielded a lineup with backups in left field (Skip Schumaker), first base (Jerry Hairston) and second base (Nick Punto), plus .088 hitter Luis Cruz at third base.
Lilly goes on DL after trying to pitch through injury
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ted Lilly, put on the Dodgers' disabled list Friday with a strained rib-cage muscle, defended his decision to pitch hurt Monday night without warning manager Don Mattingly, who criticized the move earlier this week.
"As I told Donnie, there have been a number of different things since I've been here when I haven't said anything and it never was an issue," said Lilly. "I'm sure he knows having played as long as he did, a number of times he didn't give a manager a heads-up and you get through it and it sometimes goes away. But sometimes you get surprised."
Lilly was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 30 with a strain of the rib cage on the right side of his back.
Mattingly said he was surprised when Lilly left Monday night's start after three innings. It was Lilly's first start of the season, having previously debated with the Dodgers how many rehab starts he needed to be ready to pitch deep into a game coming off shoulder surgery.
"I get it, but I told him the same thing I told you guys: You don't want a big surprise with a guy coming out early," Mattingly said. "I wouldn't try to keep him from pitching. It's just the fact so we can make plans and have somebody ready. Now it's like, how do I get seven innings out of the bullpen?"
Lilly said it was too early to tell how long he would be sidelined. He received a cortisone injection Tuesday.
"I have to get it to where it's not an issue," he said of his recovery. "The last thing we need is to try and go out and have it pop up in the second inning again and put the club in a spot like that," said Lilly. "It's one of those deals where you can try to fight through it, but if you can't, you have to ask yourself if you're hurting the team."
Magill to replace Lilly in revised rotation
SAN FRANCISCO -- Rookie Matt Magill will get Ted Lilly's start Saturday for the Dodgers against the Giants after Lilly's placement on the 15-day disabled list with a strained rib-cage muscle.
It will be the second start for Magill, who said he wasn't allowed to talk about it Friday. Magill made an emergency start and his Major League debut on April 27, filling in for the injured Stephen Fife. He allowed two runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts.
Hyun-Jin Ryu will follow Magill in Sunday's series finale against the Giants.
When the Dodgers return home for Monday night's opener against the D-backs, Chris Capuano will start, with Josh Beckett pitching Tuesday night. Both Capuano and Beckett started Wednesday night, Capuano in a rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque, Beckett for the Dodgers in a loss to the Rockies.
The Dodgers will need to make a roster move to activate Capuano off the disabled list. Among the options are to put Mark Ellis on the DL or option Justin Sellers.
Capuano threw a bullpen session before Friday night's game and Beckett has one scheduled for Saturday.
Kershaw returns from bereavement to face Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was activated off the bereavement list to start Friday night's game against the Giants, with Ted Lilly going on the 15-day disabled list.
Kershaw was placed on the list Monday after the death of his father in Texas. Kershaw returned to Los Angeles and flew with the club to San Francisco on the Thursday off-day. He received a no-decision after allowing one run on three hits over seven innings in the Dodgers' 2-1 walk-off loss.
Lilly went on the DL with a strained rib-cage muscle on the right side of his back.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.