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Scott Kazmir, Yasmani Grandal to play in 'B' game Monday, Howie Kendrick close to return

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

SCOTTSDALE -- The Dodgers will play a 'B' game against the White Sox on Monday morning, one that will be worth monitoring if only for its battery. Scott Kazmir will start said game, and will be caught by Yasmani Grandal, both of whom last played on Wednesday.

Kazmir has been roughed up in his two Cactus League starts, to the tune of a 17.18 ERA, allowing seven runs on 12 hits in 3⅔ innings.

"He just wants to get on the other side and work on some stuff," manager Dave Roberts said on Sunday.

Kazmir will pitcch to Yasmani Grandal, who has been out since Wednesday with a left forearm contusion. Grandal resumed baseball activities on Sunday, and Roberts said Grandal could get back into a Cactus League game by Wednesday.

The 'B game will begin at 10 a.m. PT on te backfields, at Field 1 on the White Sox side of camp.

One person who won't participate in the B game on Monday is Howie Kendrick, who is still nursing a sore right groin and who last played on March 5. His Cactus League return is expected soon.

"Howie will be in a game next week. He's progressing nicely, running around," Roberts explained. "After the six at-bats he had yesterday he went through the whole agility thing. He feels nearly 100 percent. We're just really cautious of that area."

Kendrick didn't play any defense in workouts, though Roberts said that would come "soon."

Roberts wouldn't reveal who would start on the mound for the Dodgers against the Brewers in their Cactus League game on Monday, but Mike Bolsinger is perfectly lined up to make the start. He has followed Kazmir in both previous starts (March 4 and March 9) and would be pitching Monday on a regular four days rest.

Alex Wood, who was scratched from his Saturday start with left forearm soreness, will make his next scheduled start this week, either Thursday or Friday, per Roberts.

The Dodgers are expected to make several roster cuts by Monday, after getting through the weekend with two games on Saturday. The minor league schedule begins in full force on Monday.

"I think we're going to thin the room out here," Roberts said. "With the guys going to the other side early on, it gave them an opportunity to get a look over here and for us to get eyes on them, but also for them to start getting ready for their season."

Entering Sunday, the Dodgers had 61 players in major league camp, excluding the players (Brandon McCarthy, Frankie Montas) on the 60-day disabled list.