SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez made it a series sweep Sunday, scratched from the starting lineup for the third consecutive game with the Giants.
This time, Gonzalez took batting practice with the club and actually hit the ball hard, but appeared stiff and uncomfortable. When he was done, he met with manager Don Mattingly and the training staff and the decision was made to take him out of the starting lineup.
Gonzalez pinch-hit in the eighth inning, rapping a two-run single as the Dodgers rallied before falling short in a 4-3 loss. He removed himself for a pinch-runner because of the pain and will have an MRI on Monday.
Juan Uribe, originally in the lineup at third base, started at first base and Luis Cruz started at third.
Gonzalez has been nursing a stiff left trapezius muscle at the base of the neck, which resulted from a collision with first-base umpire Tony Randazzo Wednesday night as Gonzalez turned to chase a double by Carlos Gonzalez.
Dodgers nearing decision on M. Ellis' injury
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis missed his eighth consecutive start Sunday and the Dodgers might finally put him on the disabled list Monday when pitcher Chris Capuano will be activated to start against the D-backs.
"No real update," manager Don Mattingly said before Sunday's series opener vs. the Giants regarding Ellis, who strained a right quad muscle last weekend and hasn't played since. "We'll make a decision tomorrow. It doesn't seem like he's jumping around the locker room like he's back."
The Dodgers have been carrying only 11 pitchers since Hanley Ramirez (since put on the disabled list again) was activated April 29 as Clayton Kershaw went on the bereavement list.
Mattingly has insisted he hasn't been shorthanded in position players because of that, even though in the last week he has had various combinations of Ellis, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez unavailable because of injuries.
Mattingly also said Jerry Hairston was available despite taking a bad step at third base and limping home while scoring Saturday night.
"In our situation, we want to be as careful as we can with Mark banged up," said Mattingly, who didn't have Hairston in the original Sunday lineup or insert him after Gonzalez's late scratch.
Magill to make next start for Dodgers
SAN FRANCISCO -- Rookie pitcher Matt Magill, who lasted only 1 1/3 innings in Saturday night's start, will remain in the rotation for at least one more start Friday night, manager Don Mattingly said Sunday.
The Dodgers could have skipped Magill because of a day off Thursday, but Mattingly said he still had confidence in Magill, who allowed five runs on six hits and four walks to the Giants after allowing only two runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Brewers in his Major League debut last Sunday.
"He's an easy guy to trust," said Mattingly. "A kid like him stays calm, he keeps working. He had the same demeanor that he had after his last time out. You get a good feeling with him."
By starting Magill on Friday, Mattingly will give his rotation an extra day of rest. Mattingly also said he believes he'll be getting Zack Greinke back in the rotation sooner than originally expected.
While Mattingly wouldn't agree that Magill pitched better than his line appeared, the Dodgers believe the right-hander didn't get any breaks from plate umpire Adrian Johnson.
"I feel I was making as many quality pitches as last time, they just made good swings," said Magill. "Some days the game goes your way and some days it doesn't."
Magill said he wasn't rattled by the hostile AT&T Park fans and was more frustrated with the result than his pitching.
"I honestly thought I had better command of the fastball than the first start," he said. "Things just didn't go my way. Yesterday was just one of those days."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.