Beginning with a win on April 12 against the Arizona Diamondbacks to salvage the series and avoid a three-game sweep, the Los Angeles Dodgers have rattled off six straight wins and are in position to complete a second consecutive three-game series sweep with a win over the Colorado Rockies Sunday afternoon.
While the Dodgers have put together an early winning streak that’s pushed them to the top of the National League West standings, they’ve been at less than 100 percent throughout the week. Multiple players have fallen ill, Zack Greinke among them, who still managed to throw 6.2 innings to earn his second win of the year on Saturday.
Yasiel Puig missed three games with tightness in his left hamstring before returning to the lineup Saturday night. He went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in his return, but also appeared to limp on occasion.
To little surprise, Puig is not in Sunday’s lineup and manager Don Mattingly said prior to the game the 24 year old reported some soreness in the troublesome hamstring and thus was being held out as a precaution. Mattingly also added Puig is available to pinch hit.
Mattingly still maintained his belief Puig’s situation isn’t serious but would be comfortable if it evolved to a stint on the disabled list. “If they say DL, I’m fine with it,” he said. “I like the way Andre [Ethier] is playing. I’m not going to push to get Yasiel in the lineup. It’s way too early in the season for that.”
As for Crawford, he missed Saturday’s game due to illness and he also isn’t in Sunday’s lineup. Mattingly was less certain on the status of Crawford. The veteran left fielder received IV fluids Saturday night and it wasn’t yet known if he would report for Sunday’s game.
In the event Crawford became available, Mattingly said it would only be as a pinch hitter. Starting in place of Crawford and Puig are Scott Van Slyke and Andre Ethier, respectively.
The Dodgers have Monday off before embarking on a six-game road trip that begins in San Francisco and concludes in San Diego.
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