PHOENIX -- Howie Kendrick was scheduled to get the call at third base on Monday afternoon, the fifth different Dodgers player to start at third base in five Cactus League games as incumbent starter Justin Turner continues to rehab from offseason knee surgery on the back fields at Camelback Ranch.
UPDATE: Kendrick was scratched with right groin soreness.
Kendrick would have batted second for the Dodgers against the Indians, his first time at third base this spring. It is his first time at the position since July 23, 2006, during his rookie season and his only major league game at the position.
That game nearly 10 years ago not only featured old friends Mark Grudzielanek and Doug Mientkiewicz starting for the Royals, but also Angel Berroa at shortstop and Elmer Dessens in relief. Adam Kennedy started at second base for the Angels. The Halos also had Mike Napoli at catcher. Napoli, now a first baseman for the Indians, isn't expected to make the trip to Glendale on Monday.
Kendrick has been taking reps at the position during workouts the last few weeks.
In his first two starts this spring Kendrick hit leadoff, alternating starts atop the lineup with Carl Crawford through the first four games. On Monday, that distinction falls on Joc Pederson, who singled in his first at-bat this spring but has struck out in each of his last five times to the plate, including three times Sunday.
Pederson's new swing was put under the microscope by Chad Moriyama at Dodgers Digest, and initial impressions were not favorable.
Alex Wood gets the start for the Dodgers on Monday, his first Cactus League action as he tries to secure one of the two vacant rotation spots on the team. Brandon Beachy, off the 40-man roster but also vying for a rotation spot, is one of the pitchers scheduled to pitch behind Wood.
The other Dodgers scheduled pitchers are all relievers on the 40-man roster — Ian Thomas, J.P. Howell, Louis Coleman, Yimi Garcia and Kenley Jansen.
Danny Salazar starts for the Indians, and will be followed by Cody Allen, Austin Adams, Joba Chamberlain, Jeff Manship and Giovanni Soto.
There is no local television or radio for Monday's game, but there is a free webcast available of the game on MLB.com.