Howie Kendrick hits two doubles, plays nine innings at second base, in rehab game.

Howie Kendrick went 2 for 5 with two doubles and an RBI for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. He played nine errorless innings at second base against the Lake Elsinore Storm in what is expected to be his final minor league rehab game.

Kendrick is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf muscle.

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Yasmani Grandal, Howie Kendrick begin rehab assignments in different time zones.


SAN FRANCISCO — Howie Kendrick and Yasmani Grandal are beginning minor league rehab assignments today, Kendrick with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Grandal with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Both players are expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list in time for the Dodgers’ home opener Tuesday.

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Watch: Dodgers pitching prospect Yadier Alvarez, 20, touches 100 mph in Single-A game.


GLENDALE, Ariz. — In his longest outing of spring training so far, Dodgers pitching prospect Yadier Alvarez was clocked at 100 mph on the radar gun in his third and final inning of a Single-A game against the Kansas City Royals at Camelback Ranch.

Two of the three scouts I spoke with had the 20-year-old clocked at 100; the other had him topping out at 99.

The Dodgers are expected to assign Alvarez to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga or Great Lakes to begin the season. Alvarez, who is from Cuba, signed with the Dodgers for a $16 million bonus last July.

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Dodgers pitcher Chris Hatcher is returning to Los Angeles.

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Chris Hatcher went on the 60-day disabled list July 15 with a strained oblique muscle. (Getty Images)

Right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher is eligible to be activated from the 60-day disabled list on Saturday. Mattingly said Hatcher is scheduled to travel to Los Angeles from Oklahoma City to be examined before he’s activated.

Hatcher made his fifth rehab appearance Tuesday for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate and threw a scoreless inning. It was his first scoreless inning since August 3, following three straight appearances in which he allowed a run.

Since his rehab began, Hatcher has allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings with Oklahoma City, and two runs in three innings at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. He was originally shut down because of a strained oblique muscle.

In 27 appearances with the Dodgers this season, Hatcher has a 6.38 earned-run average.

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Carlos Frias expected to make rehab start during All-Star break.

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Carlos Frias is 4-5 with a 4.54 earned-run average as a starter for the Dodgers this season. (Associated Press photo)

Dodgers pitcher Carlos Frias, on the 15-day disabled list with tightness in his right lower back area, will start a game for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga during the All-Star break, Don Mattingly said Saturday. He wasn’t sure whether it would be Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

Frias is expected to throw a 40-pitch live BP session to hitters at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday. He is eligible to return from the DL as soon as the Dodgers return from the break Friday in Washington, D.C.

In the meantime, the Dodgers must decide whether Frias returns to the rotation or goes to the bullpen once healthy. He’s done both in his brief major league career.

Frias allowed a total of seven runs in his first four starts (a 2.82 earned-run average) this season, then allowed 27 earned runs in his next eight (a 5.40 ERA) before he was hurt.
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