If the Dodgers' series opener against the San Francisco Giants had lasted a couple of more innings, outfielder Scott Van Slyke would have pitched. Pitcher Mat Latos would have replaced Van Slyke in right field.
"I'm serious," Manager Don Mattingly said.
To Van Slyke's relief, that scenario never played out. The game, which started Monday night and extended into early Tuesday morning, ended in the 14th inning when Adrian Gonzalez singled with the bases loaded for a 5-4 victory by the Dodgers.
"We probably wouldn't have won the game if I had got in there," Van Slyke said.