Dodgers plan to activate Yasmani Grandal and Howie Kendrick for home opener
The Dodgers plan to reshape their 25-man roster before Tuesday’s home opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks, with catcher Yasmani Grandal and second baseman Howie Kendrick set to leave the disabled list.
Grandal (forearm strain) finished a rehab stint with triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday, and Kendrick (calf tightness) completed his assignment with class-A Rancho Cucamonga.
To clear space on the roster, the Dodgers must sift through the value of bench players like catcher Austin Barnes, infielder Charlie Culberson and recent call-up Micah Johnson. In addition, the team will reevaluate the tight back of outfielder Scott Van Slyke, who left Saturday’s game early and sat out Sunday.
Manager Dave Roberts expressed confidence that, unlike Carl Crawford, Van Slyke would not require a stint on the disabled list.
“He can do so many things for our roster,” Roberts said before the Dodgers’ 9-6 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. “With the guys we’ve lost already, we can’t afford to lose him.”
Minor league outfielders acquired
The Dodgers acquired minor league outfielders James Ramsey and Zach Walters from Cleveland for cash considerations and assigned them to Oklahoma City.
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