LOS ANGELES -- Two-time Gold Glove center fielder Matt Kemp was not in the Dodgers' starting lineup for a fifth consecutive game, but he did get some extensive pregame work in left field for the first time during his absence.
"Really, it's just a question of him saying, 'I feel comfortable in left field,'" Mattingly said. The manager also reiterated this move does not preclude Kemp from playing center field as well. Ethier started his fifth game in a row there.
"We don't see the same starting and stopping," Mattingly said of Kemp's movement on defense. "He really hasn't played much the past two years, and he's had major surgeries (ankle in October 2013, shoulder in October 2012), so it's understandable.
"I'm really confident that this guy is going to get back where he was before."
Scott Van Slyke was used in left field in a double-switch situation in the eighth inning on Monday night. Asked whether Kemp is ready for such use, Mattingly said: "When he tells me he's comfortable."
Crawford headed to DL with left ankle sprain
LOS ANGELES -- Carl Crawford is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle.
The Dodgers left fielder was injured in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's 6-3 win over the Reds at Dodger Stadium, rolling the ankle as he chased down a leadoff double in the corner by Chris Heisey.
"It doesn't look good," manager Don Mattingly said after the game. "The video didn't look good."
Crawford, limping badly, was replaced in left field by Scott Van Slyke and had to be helped from the field. He was taken into the clubhouse for X-rays, which were negative.
Crawford went from the trainer's room to his locker in a wheelchair after the game, but then opted to hop into the shower room.
"Right when you think things are settling in, something happens," center fielder Andre Ethier said, after the Dodgers picked up their sixth win in the past eight games.
Hanley returns to Dodgers' lineup
LOS ANGELES -- Shortstop Hanley Ramirez returned to the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday night for the first time since Thursday's game at the Mets. He missed four starts because of a strained left calf.
"Every day, it got better and better and better," Ramirez said.
He batted fourth, with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez moving to fifth for the first time this season in a new-look lineup that manager Don Mattingly said he has been planning since the Dodgers were in Philadelphia last weekend.
Mattingly wrote an earlier lineup without Ramirez, but said he was hoping he'd have to redo it.
"Early in the day, we thought we might have to go all the way through batting practice," Mattingly said. "We found out early Hanley felt good. I didn't have any reservations."
Gonzalez, who playfully pretended to complain about hitting fifth in the clubhouse and dugout, batted fourth in all 50 previous starts this season.
The Dodgers are now grouping their lefties together, with Dee Gordon and Carl Crawford 1-2 and Gonzalez and Andre Ethier 5-6, with right-handed-hitting Yasiel Puig and Ramirez between them at 3-4, to make it more difficult for opposing teams to match up with left-handed relievers, Mattingly said.
• Right-hander Chad Billingsley, recovering from 2013 Tommy John surgery, is set for a two-inning simulated game on Thursday. It might be the last step before Billingsley resumes his rehab in the Minor Leagues.
• Manager Don Mattingly said third baseman Juan Uribe, who has been on the disabled list since May 21 with a right hamstring strain, "is still a ways from even getting out here and doing a little running, and on-field work."
Chone Figgins got his fourth start at third base on Tuesday.
• No-hit right-hander Josh Beckett shared NL Player of the Week honors with the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright. In celebration of the 11th no-hitter in Los Angeles Dodgers history, the Dodgers will offer a limited number of $11 tickets for Beckett's next start, Friday against the Pirates.
• Dodgers voice Vin Scully (chest cold) missed his second game in a row on Tuesday, but is expected back behind the mic Wednesday.
Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.