Young, 36, is a 14-year veteran and seven-time All-Star. For the first time in his career, he will not be a regular.
"He really hasn't been a regular the last few years," said Dodgers Manager
The latter is true; the former is not. Young has transitioned from an everyday shortstop into a third baseman into a player who has started at all four infield positions the last three seasons. In 2011 and 2012, before the
In 2011, however, he led the Rangers with 631 at-bats. In 2012, he had 611 at-bats. This season, he ranked second on the Phillies with 468 at-bats and played in all but 10 of their 136 games.
Young waived his no-trade clause to join his hometown team, and he comes with what Mattingly called a "sterling reputation" in the clubhouse. As a result, Mattingly anticipates no issues with Young's newly reduced role.
"We're not getting a young kid in the prime of his career," Mattingly said, "and I say that with all due respect. ... We're going to treat him with respect, and I'm going to make sure I'm honest with him about everything."
Vero Beach encore?
Dodgertown was reborn last week, when the new Dodgers owners agreed that their old Florida
Dodgers President Stan Kasten said the new owners were happy to help, but Kasten called it "unlikely" that the team would return to Vero Beach for an occasional exhibition game.
He declined to elaborate, but such a scenario probably would require the Dodgers to open the regular season on the East Coast, so the team could stop in Florida on the way to its season opener. The Dodgers have opened the regular season on the East Coast twice since 1999 — in Montreal in 2000 and in Pittsburgh in 2010.
Kemp on hold
Matt Kemp, who went hitless in the first three games of his minor league rehabilitation assignment, will not return to the Dodgers on Monday.
"He doesn't feel good yet at the plate," Mattingly said Sunday. "He's not pushing us to say, 'I want to be there tomorrow.'"
Kemp was 0 for 11 at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga through Saturday, including five strikeouts. He had hit one ball out of the infield.
The Dodgers continue to monitor infielder and Cuban defector Alexander Guerrero, who has yet to be cleared by the