Not getting better, Capuano lands on DL

Not getting better, Capuano lands on DL

LOS ANGELES -- Chris Capuano was questionable to make his scheduled start on Saturday, so the Dodgers placed the left-hander on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.

Capuano was unable to make his scheduled start on Monday and, after an MRI revealed a lat strain in his left shoulder, the Dodgers elected to place Capuano on the DL. He suffered the injury during his start on Wednesday in Anaheim, and originally thought the strain was in his triceps.

Capuano threw over the weekend during a series in Colorado, but experienced discomfort and was scratched from Monday's start.

"I think it just didn't get better," manager Don Mattingly said before Tuesday's game against the Padres. "We learned enough to make this Saturday be questionable and that was enough for us."

Stephen Fife was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday to replace Capuano in the rotation and pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball to beat the Padres for his first Major League victory. Fife is scheduled to start again on Saturday.

Capuano is 1-4 with a 5.45 ERA in eight appearances this season, including six starts. This is his second stint on the disabled list this year. Capuano previously missed two weeks with a strained left calf.

In a corresponding roster move, the Dodgers activated Hanley Ramirez from the disabled list. He started at shortstop and batted cleanup against Padres left-hander Clayton Richard. Ramirez missed 28 games with a strained left hamstring.

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