7/21/2014 7:50 P.M. ET
Follow-up X-rays on Hanley, Puig negative
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
PITTSBURGH -- X-rays taken on the left wrist of Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez and the left hand of right fielder Yasiel Puig came back negative Monday.
Both players were driven from games after being hit by pitches during the weekend series in St. Louis. Initial X-rays revealed no fractures, but the club scheduled follow-up exams for Monday.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before the game that the club was optimistic that neither player was seriously injured. He said Puig might be available for pinch-hitting Monday night. Mattingly indicated that Ramirez's more recent injury was more painful than Puig's.
Ramirez was replaced at shortstop in the starting lineup by Justin Turner on Monday night against the Pirates. Puig's absence required more creativity by Mattingly, who moved Matt Kemp to right field for the first time in five years, with Andre Ethier starting in center field and Carl Crawford in left.
"It's not a perfect situation, but Matt's a baseball player," said Mattingly. "We make a big deal about this. But we don't ask him to be perfect, just do the best he can. If he's not perfect, it's not necessarily his fault. I look at Matt as a good athlete who's capable of playing in multiple spots."
Off-days could keep Greinke, Kershaw, Ryu on turn
PITTSBURGH -- With days off Thursday and next Monday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he might "manipulate" the starting rotation to keep Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu on their regular turns.
Those three are tentatively scheduled to pitch in the three-game series against the Giants this weekend. The days off would allow either Josh Beckett or Dan Haren, who start Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, in Pittsburgh, to be skipped when the club opens its homestand against Atlanta next week.
Beckett returns to the rotation to start Tuesday night against the Pirates after spending time on the disabled list with a hip impingement that caused a torn labrum and cysts. He said he has responded well to a cortisone shot.
Mattingly said infielder Chone Figgins is likely to remain on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque throughout the week before rejoining the Major League team when it returns home next week.
Reliever Scott Elbert, who resumed his rehab assignment after a break for a sore toe, is likely to continue for the duration of his 30-day assignment. Elbert hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues in nearly two years, but he is out of options so he cannot be sent to the Minor Leagues without going through waivers.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.