LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke was scratched from the original lineup Monday with a recurrence of neck and shoulder stiffness, while reliever Ronald Belisario is expected to be unavailable for the series opener with Arizona because he tightened up after pitching 2 1/3 innings Sunday.
Van Slyke has been playing through worsening discomfort that originated from an attempted diving catch of Yadier Molina's double on May 25. At the time, Van Slyke described the injury as similar to whiplash.
He missed only one start after the play and has started every game in left field since Carl Crawford strained a hamstring June 1. He homered as recently as five days ago but is hitless in his last 11 at-bats and manager Don Mattingly said he noticed Van Slyke appeared stiff while batting Sunday.
Jerry Hairston started in left field Monday night.
Meanwhile, Belisario stretched with the pitchers early Monday but retreated to the trainer's room for treatment instead of playing catch and shagging with the other pitchers. Belisario made his longest appearance Sunday since throwing three innings July 5, 2010, taking over for Matt Magill, who lasted only 3 2/3 innings. Matt Guerrier and Peter Moylan pitched Saturday and Sunday, but late-inning reliever Brandon League and Kenley Jansen have not pitched since Friday.
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.Less