Chris Taylor isn’t in the Dodgers’ lineup for their spring training home opener against the Rockies at Camelback Ranch on Monday, just has he didn’t play on Sunday in Mesa. He woke up Monday with a stiff neck, manager Dave Roberts said.
“He slept wrong, so he’ll be down a couple days,” Roberts said on his pregame Zoom call. “I would hope we can get him back into a game on Wednesday.”
Perusing the positions that Taylor has played with regularity in his Dodgers tenure, Gavin Lux starts at second base and leads off against Colorado, Zach McKinstry plays shortstop, Luke Raley starts in left field, and DJ Peters is in center field for a second consecutive day.
On the mound, Trevor Bauer makes his Dodgers debut, and is expected to pitch two innings
Monday’s game is expected to last six innings, per Roberts. Tony Gonsolin, Kenley Jansen, Blake Treinen, and Victor Gonzalez lined up to follow Bauer in some order. Roberts said Gonsolin could pitch two innings, and possibly into a third inning, though that might be tough to pull off in a six-inning game.
Sheldon Neuse and Zach Reks are the only Dodgers on the 40-man roster listed as reserves available to play today. The rest of the bench includes non-roster invitees, including prospects Michael Busch, Kody Hoese, Miguel Vargas, and Andy Pages.
Teams: Dodgers vs. Rockies
Location: Camelback Ranch
Time: 12:05 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA