SYDNEY, Australia —
"I'm expecting him to go tomorrow," Manager
Gonzalez will play first base and bat fourth.
Gonzalez played in a team-high 157 games last season. He was removed in the fourth inning Thursday in the Dodgers' 4-2 victory over an Australian league all-star team.
"I'm all right," he said. "I'll be good."
The Dodgers reversed a two-run deficit to Team Australia in the eighth inning, their comeback starting with a towering two-run home run by Puig. The home run was the first of the year for Puig, who batted .122 in the Cactus League.
"I haven't hit one in a while," he said in Spanish.
Puig admitted there were times he was frustrated by his spring performance.
"My coaches and teammates have been telling me not to worry, that everything will turn out fine," he said.
Puig also saved a run in the sixth inning, throwing out Mike Walker at the plate from right field on a single by Tim Kennelly.
Kershaw ready to go
Asked whether he always intended to pitch in Australia, Kershaw smiled and replied, "No comment."
Kershaw is pitching the season opener Saturday. However, entering
Kershaw said he was pleased when Mattingly informed him of his opening-day assignment.
"The more you think about it, being in Arizona for an extra week and pitching in minor league games, I guess technically you do get your work in, but there's no adrenaline, it's just not the same intensity," Kershaw said. "The more I thought about it, it would have been tough to simulate a season in minor league camp for me."