The Dodgers have a gaggle of left-handed batters to combat Padres starter James Shields, though Andre Ethier remains sidelined for a second straight game after fouling a ball off his right knee on Wednesday against the Giants in Los Angeles.
Scott Schebler gets the call in right field in place of Ethier, one of three rookies in the Dodgers lineup.
Ethier said he plans to take batting practice on Friday after not doing so on Thursday, per J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News, though Ethier's availability as a pinch hitter remains unknown.
Schebler is making his second major league start, as is Corey Seager, who starts at third base on Friday to give Justin Turner a break. Seager was 2-for-4 with a double and two walks on Thursday in his major league debut, batting eighth, and moves all the way up to fifth in his second time out.
The last Dodgers player to start and bat fifth in one of his first two career games was Russ Mitchell on Sept. 9, 2010. The other LA Dodgers to do it were Matt Kemp, James Loney, , Billy Ashley, , Larry See, Jeff Hamilton, Franklin Stubbs and Ron Fairly.
Chase Utley transitions to cleanup, his 40th career start batting fourth, and his first since July 27, 2013.
For the Padres, Wil Myers is back after missing 70 games after surgery to remove a bone spur in his left wrist. He starts at first base, batting sixth for the Friars. This will be just the 36th start of the season for Myers, hitting .277/.327/.459