7/4/2013 2:21 A.M. ET
Rehabbing Crawford expected back for Friday's game
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
DENVER -- Rehabbing Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford went 1-for-3 with a walk and strikeout as designated hitter Wednesday night to conclude his four-game rehab stint with Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
Manager Don Mattingly said before the Dodgers beat the Rockies, 10-8, that he expects Crawford to travel to San Francisco Thursday and meet the team in time for Friday night's series opener against the Giants.
Crawford (5-for-13 in four rehab games) has been on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring since June 2. His return will present Mattingly with four outfielders -- Crawford, Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier -- for three positions.
Mattingly has indicated Puig will probably play the most, with the other three rotating to stay fresh based on opposing pitcher matchups.
Contrary to media speculation, management apparently is not looking to trade any of them at this time, especially considering the recent hamstring problems of Crawford and Kemp, as well as the dangerously wild and exciting play of Puig.
Puig listed as day to day after bruising left hip
DENVER -- Cuban rookie sensation Yasiel Puig, named NL Player of the Month earlier in the day, escaped serious injury Wednesday night after crashing into the right-field fence at Coors Field, the same stadium where Matt Kemp was injured running into the center-field fence a year ago.
Although he left the game early, he did not leave the stadium, as he watched the fireworks show from the visitors dugout.
Puig is listed as day to day after suffering a bruised left hip and thigh making an off-balance catch of Nolan Arenado's line drive with no outs and runners on first and second in the bottom of the fifth inning. X-rays were negative.
"It was a great catch," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "I've got a feeling we'll see a lot of that. He plays like that and he's going to get hurt."
Landing on his right foot, Puig's left leg swung across and struck the padding that fronts supporting poles of the fence. Puig threw the ball back into the infield as Wilin Rosario tagged from second to third, then crumpled on the warning track clutching his left thigh.
After being tended to by trainer Nancy Patterson Flynn, Mattingly and teammates, Puig stayed in the game. He came to bat in the top of the sixth inning and hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Skip Schumaker.
But when the Dodgers took the field for the bottom of the sixth with a two-run lead, Puig was removed as part of a double-switch.
Mattingly said he wasn't overly concerned that Puig had been seriously injured.
"The fact that he got up and threw it in was a good sign," he said.
Mattingly not surprised by Puig's June accolades
DENVER -- Yasiel Puig became the first ever NL Player of the Month in his debut month and, as Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, it was no surprise.
"It would have been a surprise if he didn't," said Mattingly. "It would have been a surprise if anybody was doing more than that. I'd like to see somebody do that."
Puig went 3-for-5 with a homer and double Tuesday night, but Mattingly was still marveling over the right fielder's full-speed sprinting catch of Nolan Arenado's foul ball on the warning track between the Colorado dugout and the foul pole.
"He made a cut like a running back," said Mattingly. "It was unbelievable. It's gotten to [the point where] you expect him to do something all the time. If he doesn't get a hit or get on base, it's like, 'What's going on?'"
While Puig's debut is being compared to that of Joe DiMaggio, Mattingly was asked if he had seen any comparable player who made an immediate impact and kept it up to be a great player.
"Junior Griffey was like that," he said. "He tore it up and kept tearing it up. You see the highlights, great plays at the wall, throwing guys out, stealing bags. That kind of guy. Yasiel is a guy that does everything."
Kershaw hopes to break habit of throwing glove
DENVER -- The closest the Rockies came to scoring Tuesday night was when Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw threw his glove at Josh Rutledge's sacrifice bunt in the sixth inning.
Had Kershaw's glove hit the ball, rules call for the batter to be awarded three bases on an error and DJ LeMahieu, who led off the inning with a single, would have scored from first base.
The glove missed the ball, Kershaw picked up the ball and flipped it to first base to erase Rutledge.
"I don't know what I was thinking," said Kershaw, who won a Gold Glove in 2011. "I do it in batting practice when I'm shagging ground balls. I think I better stop doing that. It could have ruined things. It's kind of become a habit that I ought to break. It was dumb, just dumb."
Dodgers waiting for Marmol to report to club
DENVER -- Other than knocking down reports that he had been designated for assignment, the Dodgers were vague about the whereabouts and status of newly acquired, but unseen, reliever Carlos Marmol.
All that manager Don Mattingly would say was that Marmol's required window to physically report had ticked down from 72 hours to 48 hours, "but I haven't heard anything to suggest he won't report in the next 48 hours."
"I'm not sure where he is," said Mattingly, "but his time is getting shorter."
But Mattingly wouldn't even say where Marmol would report. After making the trade, general manager Ned Colletti said he spoke by phone with Marmol, who was in his native Dominican Republic after having been designated for assignment by the Cubs.
The Dodgers want Marmol to accept a Minor League assignment to work on mechanical flaws, and whatever roster maneuvers undertaken Wednesday (likely outright waivers) would make that assignment possible if he cleared waivers and accepted the assignment.
If he rejects the assignment, the Dodgers must either bring him to the Major Leagues or let him become a free agent.
The Dodgers traded Matt Guerrier for Marmol and $290,700 in international signing bonus room.
• The Dodgers announced the signing of international shortstop prospect Lucas Tirado (16, Samana, Dominican Republic). He reportedly received a $1 million bonus.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.