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Navarro Has Strained Oblique, Will Likely Begin Season On DL

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Dioner Navarro is expected to miss "weeks, not days" with a strained oblique.
Dioner Navarro is expected to miss "weeks, not days" with a strained oblique.

The Dodgers got the results of Dioner Navarro's MRI today, and the backup catcher has a strained oblique. The Dodgers say Navarro will miss "weeks, not days," meaning Navarro will almost certainly be one of four Dodgers to open their season on the disabled list, joining Casey Blake, Jon Garland, and Vicente Padilla.

The injury to Navarro opens up a spot on the roster for the out-of-options Hector Gimenez, or possibly A.J. Ellis, though Ellis still has an option remaining. As we stand here on Friday, March 25, here is my guess as to what the opening day roster will be:

  • Starting Pitchers (4): Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly, Hiroki Kuroda
  • Relief Pitchers (7): Jonathan Broxton, Hong-Chih Kuo, Matt Guerrier, Kenley Jansen, Blake Hawksworth, Scott Elbert, Mike MacDougal*
  • Catchers (2): Rod Barajas, Hector Gimenez
  • Infielders (6): James Loney, Jamey Carroll, Rafael Furcal, Juan Uribe, Aaron Miles*, Ivan DeJesus
  • Outfielders (6): Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Marcus Thames, Jay Gibbons, Tony Gwynn Jr., Xavier Paul

*The Dodgers currently have 39 players on their 40-man roster, so if they add two non-roster players in MacDougal and Miles they will have to make a corresponding roster move, something like designating John Lindsey for assignment.

Today's Game

The Dodgers are playing the Diamondbacks in Tucson, with proceeds from the game going to the Tucson Together Fund, benefiting victims and families affected by the shootings in Tucson on January 8. The game is at Kimo Veterans Memorial Stadium, which was formerly Tucson Electric Park, spring home of the Diamondbacks until this season.

Tim Redding makes submits his final piece to his fifth starter resume this afternoon, while John Ely gets his chance tonight in Peoria against the Mariners. Rubby De La Rosa is scheduled to follow Redding on the mound today for the Dodgers.

Lineups

Dodgers   D-Backs
CF Gwynn
3B Roberts
SS Carroll
LF Parra
RF Ethier
RF Upton
LF Gibbons
CF Young
1B Loney
1B Miranda
2B Miles
2B Ransom
C Ellis
SS Owings
3B Sellers
C Blanco
P Redding           

P Galarraga       

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Game Time: 1:05 p.m. PST

TV: None; no radio either

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