Too many star outfielders? For a few brief games, no problem. Actually, it's a very good thing.
The Dodgers opened a mini two-game series in Anaheim on Wednesday, which means using the designated hitter.
Ethier is back in right field and Kemp the DH against right-hander
“I think we’re a better equipped for it than we were in the past,” said Dodgers Manager
"But now we're a little more equipped. We're more that type of club where it helps to put another bat in the lineup."
Previous designated hitters for the Dodgers in the past five years included
Mattingly elected to play both left-handed outfielders, Ethier and Crawford, against Shoemaker.
"These guys don't have a lefty out of the pen so it allows us to kind of get Andre and Carl in there," Mattingly said. "We wanted to get as much offense as we could in the game today."
Kemp has started the last 15 games in right field, batting .375 with five home runs and 14 RBIs.
"It gives me a chance to give Matt a day off his feet, but keep him in the lineup," Mattingly said. "With the way he's been swinging the bat, we'd like to make sure to be able to keep him fresh. That's kind of the determination today, to give Matt a little breather."