PHOENIX -- The Dodgers' travel roster for their season-opening series in Australia is taking shape.
As of now, Carl Crawford won't make the trip. Crawford remains in waiting for the birth of his third child.
In Crawford's absence, Scott Van Slyke figures to be the left fielder on opening day. Van Slyke is batting only one of eight in his career against Arizona Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin, but Manager Don Mattingly likes the matchup between the right-handed-hitting Van Slyke and the left-handed Corbin.
Also, the Dodgers are planning to leave behind starter Dan Haren. That would mean Paul Maholm will be the emergency starter if Clayton Kershaw or Hyun-Jin Ryu is scratched from his start in the two-game series.
The Dodgers will play a day-night doubleheader Saturday, a day before they start their journey to the other side of the world. Asked whose idea that was, Mattingly said, "Not mine."
Kershaw will pitch in the second game against the Chicago White Sox.
Seventeen-year-old pitching prospect Julio Urias will pitch an inning in relief in the first game against the San Diego Padres.