LOS ANGELES -- Adrian Gonzalez is back in the Dodgers starting lineup on Monday, as he predicted on Sunday, after suffering a right hand contusion after getting hit by a pitch in the first inning.
Gonzalez bats cleanup in the series opener against the Phillies, presumably with a less-swollen hand and one that allows him to grip his bat properly, something he was unable to do on Sunday, which led to his exit in the fourth inning on Sunday.
This will be the 78th start for Gonzalez in 84 team games this season.
Manager Don Mattingly had a humorous quote about Gonzalez's hand, especially when taken out of context.
"Anything with your hands scares you, because it's just really hard to hit without them," Mattingly said.
Yasmani Grandal moves up to fifth, with Yasiel Puig batting sixth for the first time all season.
The Dodgers are having Yimi Garcia start on the mound Monday, though he can't be expected to last very long. That is one of the reasons Garcia is batting eighth, allowing the Dodgers a greater chance to pinch hit for the pitcher's spot if Garcia can pitch two innings.
This is the ninth time a Dodger starting pitcher has batted eighth, with the other eight occurrences all happening in 2009. The last such game was Aug. 6, 2009, with Randy Wolf batting eighth and Juan Pierre batting ninth against the Braves.
Not that Garcia will necessarily hit, but he does have one major league plate appearance to his credit. He was 0-for-1 in 2014.