PHOENIX -- Manager Don Mattingly will miss the Dodgers’ exhibition games on Wednesday and Thursday because of a death in his family, a team spokesman said.
Bench coach Tim Wallach will manage the Dodgers in the absence of Mattingly, who returned to his home state of Indiana, the spokesman said.
Mattingly is expected to be back in time for the Dodgers’ exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Ariz., on Friday.
The Dodgers are scheduled to depart Sunday for Australia, where they will face the Arizona Diamondbacks in their season-opening series. The team is still in the process of assembling a roster for the trip.
The Dodgers are to host the Diamondbacks on Wednesday in what is expected to Zack Greinke’s return to game action. Greinke’s only start of the exhibition season ended after four pitches because of a strained right calf.
The team is scheduled to face the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times