SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers used the same players in the first seven spots in their lineup in all three games in San Diego, changing only the catcher and pitcher against the Padres. That will change as the road trip shifts to San Francisco against the Giants, but the club is also expected to get some reinforcements back once they return home next week.
Dave Roberts remains hopeful that Yasmani Grandal and Howie Kendrick will be ready for the home opener on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. Both are at Camelback Ranch in Arizona, with Grandal (right forearm soreness) to this point ahead of Kendrick (left calf tightness). But Kendrick could find himself ready if they next three days pan out as planned.
Both will play in a simulated game on Thursday, which for Kendrick will be the first of three straight days of games. Kendrick will play third base on Thursday, then will play second base in the final two simulated games.
When and where Kendrick will play once he returns, or how often, remains to be seen, but we could see some rest for Justin Turner at third base and/or Chase Utley at second base at some point in San Francisco.
Roberts said that Turner might get Thursday off, a day game following a night game, though he won't make that decision until after Wednesday night's game. Should Turner sit in the series opener against the Giants, either Charlie Culberson or Kiké Hernandez will play third.
Chase Utley will start on Thursday, his fourth straight start.
In left field, Roberts said Carl Crawford would get a day off on Thursday, but he hasn't yet decided whether Scott Van Slyke or Trayce Thompson would start in left field.
"It's by design to keep him off his feet, keep him fresh," Roberts said. "I've already talked to him in spring training about that. He's on board.
"I'll try to use the entire roster."
Jake Peavy starts for San Francisco on Thursday. Austin Barnes is expected to catch for the Dodgers, with starting pitcher Alex Wood already up north, having taken an earlier flight on Wednesday.