With only 44 games remaining in the regular season, the
The change was made leading up to a critical three-city, eight-game trip that starts Tuesday with a visit to the
While Bundy appears to be taking the blame for the Dodgers' shortcomings on the basepaths, he will remain on Manager
With Bundy moving to the bench, assistant hitting coach John Valentin will no longer be in uniform for games.
Roenicke, 58, is the first major league coach hired by
Roenicke is under contract only for the remainder the season. Regardless, his presence could raise questions about Mattingly's future, particularly if the Dodgers fail to reach the playoffs or make another early-round exit.
The Dodgers did not play Monday and Friedman could not be reached for comment.
Roenicke was fired by the Brewers on May 3 after a 7-18 start. He became the manager of the Brewers in 2011 and led them to the playoffs that season. He compiled a 342-331 record as their manager.
Roenicke was the third base coach for the Angels when they won the World Series in 2002. He later became their bench coach.
Roenicke's coaching career started with the Dodgers, as he was on their major league staff in 1992 and 1993. He was also a manager in the Dodgers farm system.
A Southern California native, Roenicke played at UCLA and was selected by the Dodgers in the first round of the 1977 draft. Roenicke was a major league outfielder for eight seasons, including three with the Dodgers.
In his latest role, Roenicke will be called on to improve the Dodgers' baserunning, which ranks near the bottom of the league in some advanced metrics.
The Dodgers have a three-game lead over the second-place
The Dodgers will open a three-game home series against the Giants on Aug. 31.
The Dodgers have two more scheduled days off between now and then, which will provide them with opportunities to line up
Kershaw is scheduled to start Tuesday in Oakland.
After the two-game set at
The Dodgers will host the Cubs when they return to Dodger Stadium.
The coming weeks could be considerably tougher for the Giants, who are currently visiting the
The Giants will next visit Pittsburgh, and then they will host the Cubs and Cardinals.
Dodgers first baseman
"We win games, we're in the playoffs," he said. "We put ourselves in that position. It's about us."
Gonzalez figures that if the Dodgers can average six wins over every 10-game stretch, they should reach the postseason.
"Really easy to do with the talent we have," he said.
Clayton Kershaw (10-6, 2.39 ERA) will face