LOS ANGELES -- Second baseman Mark Ellis became the latest player to land on the disabled list for the Dodgers on Monday afternoon.
The club placed Ellis on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 27) due to a strained right groin and activated left-hander Chris Capuano from the DL to start against the D-backs in the opener of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium.
Ellis had not played since he injured his groin running to first base against the Brewers on April 26. The veteran is the ninth Dodgers player to spend time on the DL this season. Ellis originally hoped to avoid a DL stint, but he didn't progress quickly enough before the organization needed a roster spot for Capuano.
"He got a lot better quick and just kind of leveled off," manager Don Mattingly said before Monday's game.
Ellis hit .342 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 20 games, and he extended his hitting streak to six games before getting hurt.
Nick Punto has gotten the majority of playing time at second base with Ellis sidelined the past week. Skip Schumaker and Justin Sellers are also options for the Dodgers at second. Jerry Hairston can play the position as well, but he is nursing a sore left groin.
Capuano had been on the DL since April 17, the result of a strained left calf that he aggravated in a start against the Padres on April 16. The lefty made on rehab start with Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday, allowing two runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
MRI reveals mild strain in Adrian's trapezious muscle
LOS ANGELES -- First baseman Adrian Gonzalez had an MRI on Monday that revealed a mild strain in his left trapezious muscle at the base of his neck, but he will play through the pain.
"I'm going to try to play through it and see how it feels," Gonzalez said Monday afternoon. "It's not getting worse, but there's still quite a bit of pain there."
Gonzalez did not take batting practice before Monday's game against the D-backs, but he started for the first time since Wednesday. During a three-game series in San Francisco over the weekend, Gonzalez worked out before the games only to be scratched from the lineup.
"I think the last couple days what's flared it up is being out there running around, throwing, stretching, hitting, taking grounders, all that stuff," Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez pinch-hit in the eighth inning Sunday, delivering a two-run single. He removed himself from the game for a pinch-runner. Gonzalez said the strain does not limit him at the plate, only when he plays the field and runs.
"All those movements are going to tell me to stop doing it," he said. "I have to go through it."
Would Gonzalez still play through the pain if the Dodgers had a winning record and didn't have eight players on the disabled list?
"If we were winning, I'd still want to play through it," said Gonzalez, who leads the club with 22 RBIs. "If I can be on the field, I'm going to be on the field. I think I'm at a point now where I can hit at 100 percent and I'm not going to be hurting the team."
Gonzalez suffered the injury Wednesday night when he collided with first-base umpire Tony Randazzo as he turned to chase a double down the line by Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez.
"Umpires are supposed to be behind the first baseman, and when they move out of the way, they're supposed to move out of the way away from us going down the line," Gonzalez said. "Somehow the ball made him go towards me. Obviously it was an accident."
After testing groin, Hairston heading to disabled list
LOS ANGELES -- Jerry Hairston is heading to the disabled list, manager Don Mattingly confirmed after the Dodgers fell to the D-backs, 9-2, on Monday night.
Hairston planned to test his strained left groin before Monday's game to prove to management that he could play, but he walked off the field at Dodger Stadium with a noticeable limp after loosening up. The veteran utility man will be placed on the disabled list Tuesday.
Before Monday's game, Mattingly said management had discussed several different possibilities in case Hairston required a stint on the disabled list. The manager mentioned four players from Triple-A Albuquerque: Alfredo Amezaga, Alex Castellanos, Elian Herrera and Scott Van Slyke. However, Van Slkye and Amezaga are not on the 40-man roster, and Castellanos is on the seven-day disabled list. Mattingly did not mention top prospect Yasiel Puig, who is hitting .306 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 19 games with Double-A Chattanooga.
Hairston said he tweaked his groin while running the bases during Saturday's 10-9 loss at San Francisco. He was removed from the game in the fifth inning in a double-switch. Hairston pinch-hit Sunday, but he did not play the field.
"The last couple days I've been trying to make sure I don't pull it or really hurt it any way," Hairston said Monday afternoon before heading out to the field to warm up, "but I'm going to be smart about it and see how I feel today and then be honest. The sad thing is, I'm really starting to feel good at the plate."
Hairston was 8-for-20 (.400) with one homer, two doubles and three RBIs over his last eight games.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.