Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Crawford was placed on the 15-day disabled list and Kiké Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to Tuesday’s game. Hernandez started in center field. Alex Guerrero, the Dodgers’ hottest hitter this season in a reserve role, got the start in left field and figures to see more time there in the coming weeks. Guerrero was tested early Tuesday when the second batter of the game, Matt Duffy, hit a fly ball to him. The Giants’ third hitter, Angel Pagan, forced Guerrero to field a ball off the wall; Guerrero took a poor route to the ball but would have been hard-pressed to do more than hold Pagan to a double.“The inexperience, that’s probably the biggest thing you see, is just the fact that (Guerrero) hasn’t been out there very often,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said prior to the game. “So there’s going to be things that could possibly come up that he hasn’t dealt with — dealing with the wall, dealing with different situations. Athletically I think he’s shown that he’s been comfortable out there. He’s had a little bit of time, played it a few times, some in spring training, and has looked good. We’ve been comfortable with what we’ve seen.”Crawford won’t have a clearly defined timetable for recovery for at least a few days. Mattingly estimated he’ll need more than two weeks but less than two months. Crawford will need to go out on a minor league rehabilitation stint before he returns to the Dodgers. “It’s a bad tear,” Crawford said. “I’ve been icing it today, but right now I can’t even cough or sneeze without it hurting.”Jansen, Ryu recoveringTwo pitchers who are on the road to recovery, Kenley Jansen and Hyun-Jin Ryu, took significant steps forward in their rehab.Jansen threw 20 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium and will begin a minor-league rehab assignment Friday with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. The Quakes begin a seven-game homestand that day.Jansen expects he’ll need six or seven rehab innings total before he’s able to return to the majors. That means he is still on track to return by the ambiguous target date of “mid May.” Judging by the radar gun — Jansen said his last pitch registered 96 mph — don’t expect it to be much longer. “It’s always different when you’re facing hitters,” he said. “You’re being more aggressive. Today I worked on stuff and I also tried to be aggressive.”The last hurdle for the pitcher to clear is covering first base on a ground ball. Jansen still hasn’t worked on that since he underwent surgery to remove a growth from his left foot in February. Friday, he said, “if there’s a ground ball back to first I’m going to let it go. I’m not going to go to first. … That comes at the end of my rehab.”Ryu threw a bullpen session Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, his second since he was cleared to throw off a mound in his rehab from left shoulder inflammation. He was clocked throwing in excess of 80 mph.Mattingly said that Ryu will throw another bullpen session Friday and is on track to return sometime in “early June.”AlsoFormer Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda said it was “terrible” to hear that former Dodgers slugger Kirk Gibson has Parkinson’s disease. “The guy’s been a huge competitor,” added Mattingly. “I hope that same fight is going to be probably this.” … A date for McCarthy’s Tommy John surgery has not been announced yet. … Mattingly said the Dodgers’ weekend rotation against the Arizona Diamondbacks has not yet been determined. Scott Baker’s next start will be either Friday or Saturday. In the span of four days, the Dodgers have placed four players on the disabled list. What’s worse is the progression: from nerve irritation (pitcher Joel Peralta) and a strained hamstring (outfielder Yasiel Puig) to season-ending elbow surgery (pitcher Brandon McCarthy on Monday) and cortisone shots (outfielder Carl Crawford on Tuesday).It is April 28, and the Dodgers are already enduring the type of injuries that make fans wonder if Andrew Friedman is actively trying to make a trade to bolster the roster.The latest casualty is Crawford, who strained a muscle in his right oblique swinging and connecting on a triple in the second inning Monday.“Misfortune is something that keeps happening to me,” Crawford said, a choice of words that his teammates might want to borrow.
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