LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers infielder Alex Guerrero didn't join the team at Dodger Stadium for the Freeway Series against the Angels, and will open the season on the disabled list with left knee soreness, manager Dave Roberts said on Thursday.
"He had an MRI that showed minimal damage, but now we understand the discomfort he has been having in his knee," Roberts said.
Guerrero last played in a game on March 21, and has been limited to just nine games in Cactus League play with knee soreness. He stayed behind in Arizona to continue rehab.
The move delays a roster decision on Guerrero, who doesn't have much of a place on this roster and who can't be sent to the minors without his consent. Guerrero has two years and $10 million remaining on his contract, and if he is traded can opt out of the deal at the end of the season.
Grandal a go
Is appears Yasmani Grandal will not open the season on the disabled list. He showed progress on Friday, catching five innings in a minor league game, collecting two hits in three at-bats including a home run, and threw out a runner trying to steal. He will play in another minor league game in Arizona on Friday morning, then join the Dodgers and catch five innings in Anaheim on Saturday.
"He said after catching five innings he was comfortable," Roberts said. "Today was a test, and tomorrow will be another test and hopefully he can continue to progress."
That would put Grandal on the opening day roster, though A.J. Ellis will catch Kershaw on opening day. Grandal will start Tuesday behind the plate, Roberts said.
Kike Hernandez starts in center field against left-handed starter Andrew Heaney, though don't expect a platoon in center field. Roberts said Pederson is just getting a day off on Thursday, and will start both Friday and Saturday.
"I like Joc's defense in center field," Roberts said. "If it's a tough matchup that I don't love, I don't see him at the top of the order against that left-hander, but his value out there is an advantage."
That said, Hernandez will play somewhere, where it's in the outfield, shortstop or second base, especially with a southpaw starting against the Dodgers.
"When there is a left-hander going, Kiké will be in the lineup."
Corey Seager is 100 percent, per Roberts, and will play all three Freeway Series games, including five innings on Thursday night, then start opening day in San Diego.
No roster decisions have been finalized just yet, but they way Dave Roberts talks about Trayce Thompson sure sounds like there is a spot on the big league team for the outfielder.
"He's logged a lot of at-bats this spring, and I have had a lot of different roles. I wanted to put him in different situations. He's a dynamic player," Roberts said. "He homered yesterday. The numbers really don't speak to the quality of at-bats he has had this spring. Trayce has piqued our curiosity, and he's ready to play in the big leagues. Whether we decide to break him with us or not, he has made our decision very difficult."
Mike Trout is out Thursday night for the Angels, under the weather per Joey Kauffman of the Orange County Register.