Crawford scratched from lineup with tight hamstring

Crawford scratched from lineup with tight hamstring

LOS ANGELES -- Carl Crawford was scratched from Tuesday's lineup after taking batting practice, the result of tightness in his right hamstring.

"We knew going into the game that he was just a little bit tight," manager Don Mattingly said after the Dodgers beat the Rockies, 6-2. "We thought it was going to be something he was going to be good with. As he got out there it was something we didn't want to take a chance with. We're pretty precautionary with him. And with the day off coming up [Thursday] we'll see how he's feeling [Wednesday]. But we'll be careful with him."

Jerry Hairston replaced Crawford at the top of the order and in left field. Hairston was originally playing right field and hitting sixth, but shifted when Crawford was scratched. He went 3-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored.

Andre Ethier was inserted into the lineup, hitting sixth and playing right field. Ethier went 1-for-3 with a double and one run scored.

Crawford is hitting .308 with four homers and six RBIs in 25 games. He went 1-for-3 in Monday's loss to the Rockies. The outfielder went 5-for-14 with three homers in the first four games of the Dodgers' current six-game homestand.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.