6/15/2014 5:11 P.M. ET
Romak makes first big league start at third
By Michael Lananna and Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- With Juan Uribe and Chone Figgins on the disabled list and Justin Turner dealing with an injured calf, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly turned to Jamie Romak on Sunday for his first Major League start at third base.
"It's nice," Romak said of seeing his name on the lineup card for the series finale with the D-backs. "I think you come to the field every day expecting to play. Better that than be surprised."
Mattingly said he doesn't expect Turner to join Uribe and Figgins on the disabled list, calling him day to day.
He also said Uribe is continuing to run, and there's hope that he could begin a rehab assignment this week.
"We're hopeful, but we're not going to push him," Mattingly said. "We've been this long, we might as well make sure he's as safe as you can be."
Mattingly also shuffled his outfield Sunday, starting Scott Van Slyke in place of Andre Ethier in center field. He said he made the switch for a better matchup against D-backs starter Bronson Arroyo. Statistically, however, Ethier has hit .278 against Arroyo in his career, with one home run in 36 at-bats.
Timing of quad strain frustrating for Figgins
LOS ANGELES -- Chone Figgins was starting to feel like the Chone Figgins of old, like the All-Star he used to be.
He was hitting .350 in his last 11 games, and he had made two athletic charging plays at third base Friday night against the D-backs, yet he felt his left quad pop during a routine play -- a sacrifice bunt he put down in the eighth inning. The quad strain forced a frustrated Figgins to the 15-day disabled list.
"Not on the two plays I had to come in on and throw off-balance, but on a bunt, something I've done my whole life -- something like that happens," Figgins said Sunday.
"I was starting to feel like myself again. Like my old self. Running the bases well. Stealing some bases, going from first to third. I made some good plays at third and second, and I've been playing more."
Figgins said he hadn't yet heard from a doctor about his MRI results. He said his quad is feeling better, and he's not sure how long it could sideline him.
"I don't know, especially with my game, being a runner," Figgins said. "It's already starting to loosen up, which is better. I'm able to straighten up and walk a little better, whereas before I was hunched over."
Crawford not hitting in rehab from ankle injury
LOS ANGELES -- Rehabbing outfielder Carl Crawford didn't quite experience a setback, manager Don Mattingly said, but he's also not moving in the right direction.
Crawford didn't hit Saturday at the team's Arizona training facility, where he's trying to come back from a left ankle sprain.
"We first talked about his ankle and how good he was doing, and we thought he might be able to play in Cincinnati [last week]," Mattingly said. "And it seems like Carl has kind of hit that plateau where he's just kind of gotten stuck.
"And so he didn't play yesterday. He's still getting treatment. He's not hitting."
Mattingly said there is no set timetable for Crawford's return. The Dodgers placed him on the 15-day disabled list May 27.
Signed painting of Kershaw available for sale
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are offering for the first time a signed action portrait of ace starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, painted by noted artist Stephen Holland.
Holland's works in the field of music and sports include the NHL Kings, the 1996 Olympics, the Grammy Awards and the American Sport Art Museum and Archives.
The painting is licensed by Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association and can be purchased at the Art of the Game locations at Dodger Stadium.
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.