In a season in which injury has caused all kinds of uncertainty for the Dodgers, another injury struck before the finale of a three-game series at Colorado on Sunday.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Dodgers' free-agent signing from Korea who is off to a stellar start in his first Major League season, was scratched hours before his start with a bruised left foot. In his place is rookie right-hander Matt Magill, who's didn't earn a decision in four previous starts with the Dodgers. The Rockies will be going with left-hander Jorge De La Rosa in the rubber match between National League West rivals.
Ryu has lingering foot pain after taking a Mark Trumbo comebacker off the top of his left foot during his two-hit shutout Tuesday night against the Angels. X-rays on the foot were negative, and Ryu tested the foot in a brief bullpen session Saturday.
Magill, who hasn't pitched since May 25 with Triple-A Albuquerque, was called up Sunday morning, with catcher A.J. Ellis going to the disabled list with a left oblique strain in a corresponding move.
Ryu has been not only one of the top rookie performers so far this season, but one of the top pitchers in the NL. The 26-year-old has registered nine quality starts among his first 11 and has pitched at least six innings in 10 of them.
De La Rosa is coming off a May in which he flirted with a no-hitter and allowed one run or fewer in four of his five starts. He is coming off seven innings of one-run ball on Tuesday against the Astros.
The Dodgers, however, are not his favorite opponent, as the left-hander is 0-8 with a 6.75 ERA in 14 career appearances -- 10 starts -- against them.
Dodgers: Crawford pulls up
Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford suffered a cramp in his left hamstring while running on a third-inning double and was removed from Saturday's game. He was replaced by Scott Van Slyke on the basepaths and in left field, and his status for Sunday is uncertain.
Crawford has missed several games this season with tight hamstrings and did not start Friday's game due to soreness from running into the wall Thursday against Anaheim. He did pinch-run in the series opener, scoring the winning run.
Rockies: Helton still a lineup factor
Although his latest home run came in a pinch-hitting role, Todd Helton remains a viable part of the team's lineup, Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. Weiss started Helton at first Saturday, a day after his game-tying homer, and the veteran went 1-for-5 to give him a .225 average on the season.
"He's going to be starting a lot, too, so it's not like [pinch-hitting is] going to be his role," Weiss said. "But when he is over there and he's available to hit late in the game, it makes it tough on the opposing team knowing he's sitting there and he's going to give it a good at-bat and he's going to be a tough out."
• After Sunday's game, the Dodgers will head home for a lengthy homestand featuring three against the Padres, four against the Braves and three against the D-backs. The Rockies will have a quick three-game trip to Cincinnati before heading home for a long homestand of their own.
• The Rockies lead the season series, 3-2, in what so far has been a see-saw of victories for each team, with Colorado taking two of three in L.A. and the two teams vying for the series victory Sunday. They will meet again in Colorado from July 2-4.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.