LAD@SD: Ellis makes a sliding catch in foul territory

WASHINGTON -- The place to be for injured catcher A.J. Ellis right now is Arizona rather than with the Dodgers.

Ellis, who has played only seven games this season due to undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, left the Dodgers for a stint at extended spring camp.

"For him to be able to get more at-bats, control the number of at-bats he gets, we can control the work and the amount that he's getting every day," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of the call to send Ellis out versus rehabbing with the club. "Then we'll just kind of decide at some point if we need to push him up as far as competition and get him in different places before we bring him back."

Though Ellis will "play all through the week," Mattingly doesn't anticipate him working behind the plate on consecutive days initially. He will get regular at-bats.

Last season, Ellis batted .238 with 10 home runs in 115 games for Los Angeles. The Dodgers have used Drew Butera and Miguel Olivo at catcher in his absence.

With headaches gone, Puig returns to lineup

LAD@MIA: Puig injured after slamming into wall

WASHINGTON -- Yasiel Puig is back in the Dodgers' lineup. However, the right fielder is not where he usually is in the batting order.

After missing two games following a collision with the right-field wall in Miami, Puig returned for the series finale against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday afternoon.

Back in his typical defensive spot and without any lingering headaches, Puig batted fifth with Carl Crawford in the No. 2 slot. Puig has batted second in 16 of the 28 games he's played this season. Crawford went 6-for-9 during the first two games of the series.

More importantly, Puig is back.

"He was cleared to be able to use him any way we wanted last night," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before Wednesday's game. "We were going to try and stay away from him any way we could."

Batting .309 on the season with four home runs, Puig is hitless in nine career at-bats versus the Nationals entering Wednesday, including 0-for-3 against Wednesday's starter Stephen Strasburg.

Dodgers will not alter rotation for Giants series

LAD@MIN: Greinke allows one unearned run, goes to 5-0

WASHINGTON -- Though Zack Greinke's latest start ended earlier than hoped because of Mother Nature, the Dodgers will not alter their rotation entering a four-game series with the National League West-rival Giants.

That's the word from Dodgers manager Don Mattingly before Wednesday's series finale with the Washington Nationals. Josh Beckett will start Thursday's opener in Los Angeles, followed by Paul Maholm, Greinke and Clayton Kershaw.

"Everyone will stay on turn," Mattingly said from the Dodgers dugout at Nationals Park.

Normally able to go deep into games, Greinke only pitched three innings in Monday's 4-0 loss because of a 3-hour, 17-minute rain delay.