7/7/2013 9:00 P.M. ET
Kemp expected to return to action vs. D-backs
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was out of the lineup for a second day because of his left shoulder, but manager Don Mattingly said Kemp would likely play Monday in Arizona.
"We feel like he'll be ready to go tomorrow," Mattingly said before Sunday's series finale vs. the Giants. "I'm not sure if he'll hit today, but everything that I heard is that he'll be ready to roll tomorrow."
Kemp left Friday night's 10-2 win over the Giants after feeling pain in his acromioclavicular joint (where the collarbone meets the shoulder) on a swing and a miss in the second inning.
Kemp had surgery last year to repair torn cartilage and rotator cuff fraying and a reinjury was Kemp's initial fear. But after talking to teammates that have had similar operations, including Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez, Kemp and the Dodgers believe the pain was most likely from scar tissue.
Kemp received a cortisone injection Friday night and was shut down Saturday to allow the medication to reduce inflammation.
For the second consecutive game, Carl Crawford started in left field, Andre Ethier in center and Yasiel Puig in right.
Nolasco to start Tuesday, Capuano to bullpen
SAN FRANCISCO -- Newly acquired pitcher Ricky Nolasco will start Tuesday and bump Chris Capuano to the bullpen, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Sunday.
"As long as everything is OK, that's the plan," Mattingly said.
Nolasco and $197,000 in international signing space were obtained Saturday from the Marlins for pitchers Josh Wall, Steven Ames and Angel Sanchez.
Mattingly said Capuano would become the bullpen long man the Dodgers haven't had all season, taking the role that Jamey Wright filled last year. Wright wasn't re-signed because the Dodgers thought they had enough depth, bringing eight starting pitchers to camp.
But they traded Aaron Harang, Chad Billingsley blew out his elbow, Josh Beckett needs surgery to relieve a pinched nerve in his neck and Ted Lilly is currently on the disabled list for the third time this year.
That led to Saturday's trade. Mattingly confirmed that rookie Stephen Fife would remain in the rotation, with Nolasco inserted between Zack Greinke, who pitches Monday, and Hyun-Jin Ryu, who pitches Wednesday.
"We haven't had a true long man," said Mattingly. "Cappy is a guy that can throw throughout the game. He's ready to pitch all the time and if we get any issue with a starter, he's ready to roll [for a spot start]."
Mattingly said Capuano took the news professionally and he compared it to the club's outfield situation, which at some point might have four healthy outfielders for three spots.
"We're asking a guy to do something we feel is in the best interests for the team," Mattingly said. "He may not totally agree. I don't expect him to be happy. He's a pro. He understands the situation. He was professional about it. I'm sure he thinks he should be starting."
Said Capuano: "I wasn't consistent enough to keep that spot. Whether I'm OK with it or not, the bottom line is I had the opportunity and wasn't consistent enough."
Lilly was charged with six runs in 5 1/3 innings of a rehab start Saturday night with Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Mattingly said Lilly will meet the club in Arizona and throw a bullpen session, but gave no indication when or if Lilly would be activated.
"He keeps moving forward and we're getting him ready," he said.
Dodgers to host three Final Vote parties
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Dodgers will hold All-Star viewing and voting parties Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the three Barney's Beanery locations to promote All-Star Final Vote candidates Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez.
Monday will be at the Burbank location, 250 North First St.; Tuesday will be at the Pasadena location, 99 E. Colorado Blvd.; and Wednesday will be at the West Hollywood location, 8447 Santa Monica Blvd.
Steve Garvey, a write-in All-Star in 1974, is the "Puig campaign manager" and will attend the events Monday and Tuesday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT, with Vic "the Brick" Jacobs and FOX Sports AM 570.
Prizes and tickets will be given away during game commercial breaks. The "Ultimate Puig Fan" will be given the opportunity to meet Puig on July 14, Puig T-Shirt Day at Dodger Stadium.
Fans can vote an unlimited number of times between now and 1 p.m. PT on Thursday online at Dodgers.com and on mobile devices. To vote via mobile device, fans can text N3 to 89269 to vote for Gonzalez and text N5 to 89269 to vote for Puig.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.