A new lineup and other notes

LOS ANGELES -- Adrian Gonzalez, who has played more games than any other Dodger, got a rare day off Wednesday, allowing manager Don Mattingly to try a new lineup combination.

Carl Crawford, who had batted nothing but leadoff up to Wednesday, was hitting second, with Yasiel Puig in the No. 1 spot in the order.

The lineup tweak was necessitated by some fatigue Mattingly detected in Gonzalez Tuesday night -- "He was dragging pretty good," Mattingly said -- but could open the door for further experiments. Mattingly is considering a Puig-Crawford-Hanley Ramirez-Gonzalez grouping against left-handers and a Crawford-Puig-Gonzalez-Ramirez grouping vs. righties.

In both cases, he would have ideal left-right balance.

* Matt Kemp did some agility drills and ran swerves on the field before the game and appears to be on track to begin his minor-league rehab assignment either Thursday or Friday. Coming off the field, he told ESPNLA 710's Beto Duran, "I feel wonderful."

* Mattingly said ace Clayton Kershaw received no treatment for the line drive he took off his right shin Tuesday night and Kershaw was the first face Mattingly saw when he went into the Dodgers' workout room Wednesday morning.

Here are lineups for Wednesday:


1. Starlin Castro SS

2. Darwin Barney 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo 1B

4. Nate Schierholtz RF

5. Brian Bogusevic LF

6. Junior Lake CF

7. Wellington Castillo C

8. Cody Ransom 3B

9. Edwin Jackson RHP


1. Yasiel Puig RF

2. Carl Crawford LF

3. Hanley Ramirez SS

4. Andre Ethier CF

5. Jerry Hairston Jr. 1B

6. Mark Ellis 2B

7. Juan Uribe 3B

8. Tim Federowicz C

9. Ricky Nolasco RHP