7/12/2013 2:28 A.M. ET
Crawford struggling to get back on track
By Austin Laymance / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is 1-for-24 with two walks and seven strikeouts in six games since returning from a strained left hamstring on Friday in San Francisco. His only hit was a bunt single Tuesday in Arizona.
"I think Carl has a little timing issue," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "He feels like he's starting a little bit late. He hasn't had quite enough at-bats to get sharp. I think it's just a matter of time for Carl."
Crawford missed 30 games with the hamstring issue, and had 14 plate appearances over four Minor League rehab games with Class A Rancho Cucamonga before he was activated. He was hitting .301 in 51 games before going on the disabled list, but his averaged has dropped to .271.
Crawford was not in the lineup Thursday against Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz. The former All-Star is hitting .264 against left-handed pitching this season.
Jerry Hairston Jr. started in left field.
Puig is day to day with sore hip
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is still feeling the effects of last week's collision with the right-field fence in Colorado, and left Thursday night's game against the Rockies after aggravating his left hip.
With the Dodgers ahead, 3-0, manager Don Mattingly pulled Puig after seven innings. Andre Ethier replaced the rookie in center field. Mattingly said Puig aggravated his hip running out a single in the fourth inning.
"It didn't seem serious, but as the game went on it looked like it was starting to tighten up a little bit," Mattingly said after the Dodgers beat the Rockies, 6-1. "It didn't seem worth it to take any chances with him. We'll see what he looks like tomorrow."
Puig is considered day to day with the injury, which originated July 3 when his left leg struck the padding that covers supporting poles in the right-field wall at Coors Field.
"It's been bothering me ever since," Puig said through a translator.
Puig said he wasn't sure if he could play Friday and would have to see how he responds to treatment.
Puig started in center field Thursday for the first time in his short Major League career. While Puig has primarily played right with the Dodgers, the Cuban prefers center.
"When I told him he was playing center field tonight, I thought he was going to hug me and kiss me," Mattingly said. "He was all excited about that. That's kind of the place he likes the best."
The Dodgers had limited options in center with Matt Kemp on the disabled list, Skip Schumaker finishing a two-game suspension stemming from the last month's brawl with the D-backs and Ethier out of the starting lineup against Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz.
Puig played some center with Double-A Chattanooga before his promotion in early June. He moved from right to center for two innings June 9 against the Braves.
Injured Kemp won't swing bat until after break
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers want Matt Kemp to avoid swinging a bat for a week while the outfielder recovers from an irritated shoulder joint.
Kemp did a light workout on the field at Dodger Stadium Thursday afternoon, but won't pick up a bat until the All-Star break next week.
"I'm sure he's capable of swinging a bat, but they want to let this thing totally die down with the All-Star break coming," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "We've got this period of time, so let the medication work, shut him down for seven days and then start."
While the inflammation is where Kemp's left collarbone meets the shoulder, the club says the injury is unrelated to offseason shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum and frayed rotator cuff.
Kemp felt pain in the shoulder on a swing and miss on Friday in San Francisco. He went on the disabled list on Monday.
• Dodgers left-hander Ted Lilly, on the disabled list with a neck issue, is scheduled to throw a simulated game Friday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. The club is considering moving Lilly to the bullpen when he's activated.
• The Dodgers did not make any roster moves Thursday after six relievers combined for nine scoreless innings during Wednesday's win over the D-backs in 14 innings. While Chris Withrow was unavailable after going three innings, Mattingly said he expects to have the rest of his bullpen at his disposal.
"We didn't really overuse anybody besides Chris," Mattingly said. "We should be pretty good."
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.