5/26/2014 8:44 P.M. ET
Dodgers plan to try Kemp in left field
By Earl Bloom / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp was not in the starting lineup on Monday for a fourth consecutive game.
"I just want to play," Kemp said before the game against the Reds. "It's frustrating any day you're not playing. I'm here to play baseball and help my teammates."
Kemp, who has been a fixture in center field when healthy since 2008, underwent left ankle surgery in October. The Dodgers feel he's lost a step breaking on fly balls, and have been going with Andre Ethier, who doesn't have Kemp's speed but runs better routes, in center.
Manager Don Mattingly said Kemp will start getting work in left field, where he hasn't played since he was a rookie in 2006. In essence, Kemp and Ethier have traded places, with Kemp becoming lefty-swinging Carl Crawford's platoon partner in left.
"This just gives him a more time to where we feel like he's 100 percent, continuing to work in center but also to work in left field, where we still feel like he's best for the ballclub at this moment," Mattingly said.
"I'm healthy now," Kemp said. "I feel good. I just want to play."
Kemp is hitting .264 with five homers and 13 RBIs in 42 games. He is hitting .320, with all his homers, against right-handed pitchers and just .157 against lefties, numbers that are contrary to a typical platoon player.
Kemp hit .405 from May 3-13, before the Dodgers went on a nine-game road trip. Kemp started the first six games and went 5-for-22 before Ethier took over in center for the entire series in Philadelphia. Kemp had one pinch-hit appearance against the Phillies.
Ellis injured during no-no celebration
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers starting catcher A.J. Ellis went on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a sprained right ankle he suffered during the on-field celebration of Josh Beckett's no-hitter Sunday in Philadelphia.
"I approached the dogpile, jumped and landed on Drew Butera's discarded mask," said Ellis, who didn't catch Beckett's gem. "It's a pretty severely sprained right ankle. I rolled it over pretty good.
"I knew right away it was bad. I had treatment on the flight back. I called [trainer] Stan [Conte] this morning and told him I couldn't play for the next few days. I told him it was best for the club to get a catcher [Tim Federowicz, recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque] up here."
Ellis was on the DL earlier this season because of left knee surgery, missing 34 games. He was activated May 14. Ellis obviously didn't want to land on the DL again, but he agreed with the move, because the Dodgers already have walking wounded in shortstop Hanley Ramirez (calf), who hasn't started since Thursday, but likely isn't going on the DL.
"It's the right decision for the team," Ellis said. "Hanley's on the mend. I can't put [manager] Don [Mattingly] in a postion where he only has players who can't play on the bench."
Butera started again Monday against the Reds. Mattingly said he would alternate between Butera and Federowicz depending on matchups, as he did during Ellis' knee injury.
"I know he feels terrible [about the way it happened]," Mattingly said. "We'll get through it."
Mattingly also said Ramirez is getting closer to a return.
"Hopefully, just one more day," the manager said. "As of right now, he's feeling better. I think he's going to see the doctor today. We'll see."
Beckett's arm feels 'normal' after 128-pitch no-no
LOS ANGELES -- The day after his 128-pitch no-hitter, Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett, 34, said his arm felt "pretty normal. A pretty common day after a start. Certainly, when I was younger, I would feel a little bit better the day after."
Manager Don Mattingly said the Dodgers would closely monitor Beckett before his next scheduled start, Friday against Pittsburgh.
"We'll see how he is," Mattingly said. "He said he feels good today."
Beckett's mound opponent on Friday is scheduled to be left-hander Francisco Liriano. Drew Butera, who caught Beckett's no-hitter, was the catcher for Liriano's no-hitter for the Twins on May 3, 2011.
• Right-hander Chad Billingsley, who underwent off-season Tommy John surgery, said he was scheduled to throw a bullpen Monday, then discuss what's happening next with Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Billingsley said he hopes to resume rehab games soon -- his first try was halted by tendinitis in April.
• Federowicz was hitting .298 for Triple-A Albuquerque, including .324 in his past 10 games. He hit .109 in 13 games in his earlier stint with the Dodgers this season.
• Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully will miss Monday's and Tuesday's games because of a chest cold. Radio voice Charley Steiner, plus Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra, replaced the Hall of Famer on TV, with Kevin Kennedy joining Rick Monday on radio.
Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.