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RF Yasiel Puig pinch hit in the eighth inning and walked Wednesday night in the Dodgers' 6-1 loss at Pittsburgh, then stayed in the game and played in center field, the first time he had seen action at the position this season. He did start for the fourth straight game because of a sore left hand but took extra batting practice before the game and is expected to return to the lineup Friday night for the opener of a three-game series at San Francisco. Puig had been out since Saturday when he was hit by a pitch from St. Louis RHP Joe Kelly. Manager Don Mattingly said on Tuesday he is toying with the idea of making Puig the regular center fielder but would not say if Wednesday's move is a foreshadowing of what the lineup will look like Friday.
RHP Josh Beckett will stay on schedule and start next Tuesday night when the Dodgers open a three-game home series against Atlanta. Manager Don Mattingly had given thought to skipping Beckett's turn in the rotation because of off days Thursday and Monday in order to give him extra rest. Beckett, who came off the disabled list Tuesday night after being out since July 7 with a right hip impingement, gave up four runs and six hits in 3 2/3 in a no-decision at Pittsburgh.
Chone Figgins played second base for Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday night on his rehab assignment and went 2-for-3 with a double, a run, a walk and a caught stealing against Fresno in a Pacific Coast League game. He is 7-for-17 (.412) in five rehab games. Figgins landed on the disabled list June 14 due to a strained left quadriceps.
RHP Zack Greinke (11-6, 2.90) will try to snap his two-start losing streak Friday night when he pitches at San Francisco. It marks the first time Greinke has lost back-to-back starts in the same season since 2010. He is 2-0 with a 2.96 ERA against the Giants in four career starts.
RHP Dan Haren's dreadful July continued as he gave up five runs in five innings in a loss to Pittsburgh. He is 0-4 with a 9.47 ERA in four starts this month and will likely be skipped his next time through the rotation.
SS Hanley Ramirez sat out his third straight game because of a sore left hand. It is doubtful he will be ready to play Friday night when the Dodgers return to action after Thursday's off day. Ramirez was injured Sunday when hit by a pitch thrown by St. Louis RHP Carlos Martinez.
LHP Scott Elbert pitched one perfect inning of relief, striking out one, for Triple-A Albuquerque on his rehab assignment Wednesday. He has allowed one run in five innings in six relief appearances. Elbert is coming back from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery performed in June 2013.
C A.J. Ellis was rested Wednesday. Manager Don Mattingly wanted to combine Wednesday with Thursday's off day to give Ellis back-to-back days off. Ellis had started each of the first five games after the All-Star break.