During Monday’s opener, Manager
"I'll try to do the best I can about keeping everybody involved in the lineup," Mattingly said. "It's a little tougher early just because of the number of off days, guys that are rested or not rested.
"As you get into the season, there are so many games and so many little nick injuries, guys need a break or a breather. It gets a lot easier as the season moves on. It's a little tougher now."
The Dodgers have four off days in April and the season did not start until April 6. They have two off days in May and only one in June.
Of bench players
Mattingly would not say how often he would like to start Ethier or any of the other bench players in an attempt to keep them fresh, but going 10 days to two weeks is not in his plans.
“I’m hoping it doesn’t get like that,” he said. “Those guys basically walk out of
"And that's really what separates the guys that are pretty good off the bench from guys that aren't. There are certain guys that don't swing the bat very well when they're not playing a lot. And other guys who seem like they could sit a week and step up there and put up a good at-bat."