The Dodgers won't have a choice to make in the outfield for Saturday's game against the Giants.
Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp left Friday's 10-2 win over San Francisco after two innings, the result of what the Dodgers announced as AC joint irritation in his left shoulder. Kemp received a cortisone injection and is out for Saturday's game at AT&T Park.
The Dodgers entered Friday's game with a crowded outfield, as Carl Crawford was activated from the disabled list to give manager Don Mattingly four options for three spots. Crawford sat -- Andre Ethier started in left -- but pinch-hit for Kemp in the third inning and went 0-for-3 with a run scored and a sliding catch.
Mattingly said rookie Yasiel Puig will continue to start in right as long as he keeps up his current production. Puig, hitting .420, went 1-for-5 Friday to extend his hit streak to nine games. Ethier might have been the odd man out Saturday because of his .105 average against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, but Kemp's injury means one less tough decision for Mattingly.
"It's going to be a battle no matter how you slice it or how I say it," Mattingly said. "I just told them I'll try to put the best lineup out there every day. They understand the situation. I told them we'll do the best we can with it."
While the Dodgers have reeled off 11 wins over their past 13 games, the Giants have dropped four straight and are 2-12 over their past 14. San Francisco has fallen to the bottom of the National League West. The Dodgers, meanwhile, have moved out of the division cellar and are tied for second.
Bumgarner will try to end the Giants' skid in his second start against the Dodgers in two weeks. The left-hander has gone seven innings in each of his past four outings. Bumgarner lost to the Dodgers on June 24 to complete a three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium, charged with three runs on five hits. But he fired eight scoreless innings and allowed just two hits in his only other start against Los Angeles on April 2.
Stephen Fife will take the mound for the Dodgers, looking to continue a string of solid outings. The rookie earned a spot in the rotation with a strong June, going 3-2 with a 2.21 ERA in six starts. Fife has won each of his past two outings and tossed seven scoreless innings against the Phillies on Sunday.
Dodgers: Ramirez extends hit streak
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-3 with one RBI on Friday to stretch his hit streak to 16 games, tied for a career high.
Ramirez is hitting .492 (30-for-61) with four doubles, six home runs, 17 RBIs and 14 runs scored during his streak. The Dodgers are 11-5 in those games.
• Dodgers left-hander Ted Lilly is scheduled to make a Minor League rehab start Saturday with Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Lilly has been sidelined since June 5 with a neck issue.
• The Dodgers signed free-agent infielder Ian Stewart to a Minor League contract Friday. Stewart hit .201 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 55 games with the Cubs last season and was released by Chicago recently after publicly disagreeing with the organization not calling him up from Triple-A. He will be assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Giants: Gillespie adds to outfield mix
The Giants promoted outfielder Cole Gillespie from Triple-A Fresno on Thursday night, and he started in left field Friday and went 0-for-4.
Gillespie had not played for the Giants before Friday, but he appeared in 50 games with the D-backs between 2010-11. He missed all of last season due to a hip injury.
"You can't take it for granted because you don't know when you're going to get that shot," Gillespie said. "So when I heard the news I was pretty ecstatic."
The Giants made room for Gillespie on the 40-man roster by transferring injured outfielder Angel Pagan to the 60-day disabled list. Outfielder Juan Perez was optioned to Fresno to open a spot on the active roster for Gillespie.
• At 61-60, the Dodgers own the best winning percentage (.504) of any visiting NL club at AT&T Park since it opened in 2000.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.