Yimi Garcia goes on disabled list, Zach Lee will replace him in the bullpen.

Yimi Garcia

Yimi Garcia has allowed nine hits and three runs in 8 1/3 innings out of the Dodgers’ bullpen this season. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

DENVER — Yimi Garcia was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after the pitcher was forced to leave the Dodgers’ 7-5 loss Friday with a sore right biceps muscle. Zach Lee will replace him in the bullpen, an unconventional move if only because Lee has pitched four times out of the bullpen in 129 professional games.

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Why Howie Kendrick playing left field for the Dodgers at Coors Field matters.

Howie Kendrick

Howie Kendrick hadn’t played left field in a game since 2013 before this month. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

DENVER — The left field foul pole at Coors Field sits 347 feet down the line. Only Wrigley Field’s is farther from home plate among National League parks.

The outfield wall then just out at a steep angle to a power alley that sits 390 feet from home. It’s much bigger than right field here and bigger than almost any other left field in baseball. Here’s a nifty page for making park-to-park comparisons. Take a few minutes to check it out. I’ll wait right here.

The man responsible for patrolling left field today is Howie Kendrick, a second baseman by trade. Manager Dave Roberts has professed confidence in Kendrick every step of the way since Carl Crawford and Scott Van Slyke went on the disabled list, and Friday was no different.

“There’s no panic,” Roberts said. “He’s going out there and preparing. He’s played left field before in the big leagues. I trust the player. I expect him to make plays and be good out there.”

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Video: Dave Roberts on Clayton Kershaw’s five shutout innings against Rockies.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Clayton Kershaw threw five scoreless innings, and a monster home run by Scott Van Slyke led the offense in an 8-4 win over the Rockies today at Salt River Fields.

First baseman Cody Bellinger increased his Cactus League average to .500 with two doubles in two at-bats for the Dodgers (8-2-2). Yimi Garcia and Adam Liberatore each threw a scoreless inning of relief against the Rockies (6-6).

Here’s what Dave Roberts had to say after the game:
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Game 155: Sweep doesn’t signal the start of panic time for Dodgers.

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Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis is helpless to prevent the Rockies from scoring one of their 12 runs Sunday. (Associated Press photo)

DENVER — The Dodgers suffered a three-game sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, losing 12-5. Panic time hasn’t arrived yet, but it will if the Dodgers can’t beat the Giants over the next four days. The box score is here.

Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, who start each of the next two days, are baseball’s best 1-2 punch.

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