GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With several San Antonio media members at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday morning, some of the early morning focus was on the Dodgers' two games against the Rangers at the Alamodome on March 20-21, next Friday and Saturday. We now know a few players who will be making the trip.
The rosters have not been finalized just yet, but among those expected to go are outfielder Yasiel Puig, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, catcher Yasmani Grandal, and infielder Justin Turner, manager Don Mattingly said this morning.
The full travel roster is expected to be announced next week.
"Certain guys have family coming in," Mattingly said. "We'll try and play it by ear with the rest."
Mattingly will not make the trip, instead staying behind to manage the club in their split squad games in Arizona both days. Bench coach Tim Wallach will manage the club in San Antonio.
- Relief pitcher Joel Peralta is throwing to live hitters on the back fields as we speak, the final step before he will pitch in a game.
- J.P. Howell, sidelined with tightness in his groin, will play catch off flat ground today.
- Alex Guerrero is cleared to play after missing two days with a left hand injury. He is slated to play third base in reserve against the Rockies today. Guerrero probably could have played Monday, Mattingly said, but was held out as a precaution by the medical staff. Guerrero stayed back at Camelback Ranch and hit on the back fields.
- Since many have asked, I went to pitcher Josh Ravin for the definitive answer to how to pronounce his last name. "It's Raven, like the bird," he said. I tried talking him into changing it to Ravine if he makes his major league debut in Los Angeles, but I don't think he plans to follow my advice.