Scott Van Slyke was anointed the Dodgers’ starting left fielder Saturday morning, then left the game after three innings with back stiffness. (Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO >> Scott Van Slyke was removed in the third inning of the Dodgers’ game against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday with lower back tightness.
Van Slyke batted with the bases loaded against Madison Bumgarner and was hit on his left forearm or elbow, driving in a run. But on the previous swing-and-miss, he was seen grimacing, which might have prompted the team to remove him as a precaution.
Micah Johnson will take Carl Crawford’s spot on the Dodgers’ active roster. (Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO >> Micah Johnson was en route to California Saturday morning, and Carl Crawford is going to the 15-day disabled list with a sore lower back.
Johnson was with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers in Nashville and had not at AT&T Park arrived as of game time Saturday. First pitch was delayed until 1:45 p.m. because of rain in the area.
Johnson was 3 for 9 in two Triple-A games, and went 2 for 3 in stolen base attempts. In his first spring training with the Dodgers, Johnson went 10 for 29 (.345) with two steals in three attempts.
The second baseman was acquired from the Chicago White Sox along with Trayce Thompson and Frankie Montas in the three-team trade that sent Scott Schebler and Jose Peraza to Cincinnati.
SAN FRANCISCO — Left fielder Carl Crawford is not in the Dodgers’ starting lineup today and probably won’t play at all because of a lower back injury.
Crawford said he’d been dealing with tightness in the area since spring training. Only recently did it become painful enough that he mentioned it to the team. He said he hopes to be available Saturday, though a 90 percent chance of rain over San Francisco could mean no baseball for anyone.
Don Mattingly (among other managers) always made a habit of bluffing his way through questions about whether injured players would be available off the bench. Dave Roberts at least conceded that Crawford won’t play defense or pinch-run today, but said that Crawford might be able to pinch hit. Grain of salt.
The Dodgers shut out the San Diego Padres 15-0 at Petco Park on Monday. (Scott Varley/Staff photographer)
Dave Roberts‘ energy apparently spoke louder than his words in the Dodgers’ season-opening 15-0 win over the Padres on Monday. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Chase Utley took a rare turn in the leadoff spot and went 3-for-5, including a double off Tyson Ross to begin the game.
Two quotes that didn’t make either story are worth mentioning here:
Chase Utley has two hits in 11 plate appearances leading off a game in his career. He’ll lead off Monday against the San Diego Padres. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
SAN DIEGO — Chase Utley
had been in eight Opening Day lineups before today, but never had he been penciled into the leadoff slot.