The Dodgers plan to reshape their 25-man roster before Tuesday's home opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks, with catcher Yasmani Grandal and second baseman Howie Kendrick set to leave the disabled list. Grandal (forearm strain) finished a rehab stint with triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday, and Kendrick (calf tightness) completed his assignment with class-A Rancho Cucamonga. To clear space on the roster, the Dodgers must sift through the value of bench players like catcher Austin Barnes, infielder Charlie Culberson and recent call-up Micah Johnson. In addition, the team will reevaluate the tight back of outfielder Scott Van Slyke, who left Saturday's game early and sat out Sunday. Manager Dave Roberts expressed confidence that, unlike Carl Crawford, Van Slyke would not require a stint on the disabled list.
Idle since the first week of the season due to soreness in his lower back, Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke took batting practice Sunday afternoon and could be ready to start a rehabilitation assignment later this week. Manager Dave Roberts sounded upbeat about Van Slyke's progress. Last week, he indicated Van Slyke would still require two more weeks of recovery before he could play in games. Now his timetable has accelerated. "He's moving around really well," Roberts said before Sunday night's series finale against St. Louis.
Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts will begin parceling days off to his veteran position players Thursday in San Francisco. He expects to sit left fielder Carl Crawford and may also rest third baseman Justin Turner. Roberts has not decided between Scott Van Slyke or Trayce Thompson as Crawford's replacement. Thompson replaced Crawford in the field in the sixth inning of the first two games of the season, part of the team's plan to keep Crawford's legs fresh. If Turner does not play, Roberts would use Enrique Hernandez or Charlie Culberson at third base.
A scene at Camelback Ranch on Saturday illuminated the resolve required by Dave Roberts to overcome the blitz of injuries in his first spring as Dodgers manager. A split-squad day had already cleaved the roster in half. Now an issue with Yasiel Puig's hamstring removed him from the lineup. So, who was starting in the outfield for the Dodgers in the day's first game? "Who do we got?" he said as he met with reporters in the morning.