Grady says it’s temporary until JP gets going, but it looks like it’s going to be a while. Furcal is leading off, where he’ll stay until Pierre moves back up there, and Tony Abreu is hitting second. Also, Kemp is starting in RF while Ethier sits, and this is against a right-handed starter. Looks like Grady is going to juggle four outfielders into three spots for a while. My prediction is this is eventually going to lead to Kemp and Ethier in the lineup almost every day, with Gonzo and Pierre the guys who take turns sitting, but that’s probably weeks away.
Grady’s 8-year-old grandson, Braden, was sitting with his grandpa in the dugout before the game talking about stepping into the cage tomorrow morning to take batting practice. I asked him who was going to pitch to him, and Grady said, “I am.” And the kid goes, “I want Derek Lowe to pitch to me.” … Grady’s recently widowed father-in-law is also here, having flown all the way out from North Carolina with Braden. “I’m not sure who was leading who,” Grady said. Grady’s mother-in-law was ill for several years before she passed just before the start of spring training, and her husband stayed by her side the entire time. Grady said this is the first time he has been able to travel in years. As he stood with Grady’s wife, Debi, watching the Hollywood Stars game and wearing a Dodgers cap, he appeared to be having the time of his life.