Dodgers phenom returns, Schumaker sits vs. Cardinals
(BaseballStL) -- In search of their 15th consecutive road win, the Los Angeles Dodgers arrived to Busch Stadium banged up from a weekend series against the Chicago Cubs.
Young phenom Yasiel Puig, who missed Sunday’s game due to a thumb injury, was reinserted into the cleanup spot for the first game of a four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. Puig is hitting .376 with 11 home runs and 77 hits since his debut on June 3.
“He’s an exciting player,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “He’s done a lot of things to help his team really turn things around. He’s one of the kind of players that you know is good for the game and certainly good for the Dodgers. It’s a great challenge for us to try to figure him out as quick as we can.”
The Dodgers played without Hanley Ramirez, who suffered a shoulder injury making a catch before falling into the stands on Sunday. Ramirez has already been forced to miss 52 games due to two separate stints on the disabled list (left hamstring strain and right thumb surgery).
“I think anytime you lose a player, just like us not having (Yadier Molina) right now and Shane Robinson, any player that you take out of your normal mix makes it a different looking lineup,” Matheny added. “It’s a different team when anytime you take a player away, especially someone who is playing a key position like shortstop.”
Since returning from the disabled list on June 4, Ramirez posted the third-best batting average (.356) in the majors and an league-leading slugging percentage (.628).
Former Cardinal Nick Punto started in place of Ramirez.
Also missing from Monday’s starting lineup was former Cardinals utility player Skip Schumaker, who currently stuck in an 0-for-12 skid.
The following were the starting lineups:
Matt Carpenter - 2B
Carlos Beltran - RF
Allen Craig - 1B
Matt Holliday - LF
David Freese - 3B
Jon Jay - CF
Tony Cruz - C
Daniel Descalso - SS
Adam Wainwright - P
Carl Crawford - LF
Mark Ellis - 2B
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B
Yasiel Puig - RF
Andre Ethier - CF
A.J. Ellis - C
Juan Uribe - 3B
Nick Punto - SS
Zack Greinke - P