Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes had two hits in six games this season. (David Crane/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers will carry eight men in their bullpen for the foreseeable future and play the San Francisco Giants tonight with one fewer catcher than they had last week.
Austin Barnes was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City and Chris Hatcher was activated from the paternity list one day after his wife gave birth.
That means Adam Liberatore, who was recalled from Oklahoma City Thursday, will remain in the Dodgers bullpen as one of two left-handers along with veteran J.P. Howell. Manager Dave Roberts said he liked the idea of having two left-handed options against the San Francisco Giants and into next week against the Atlanta Braves as well. The Dodgers begin a three-game series in Atlanta on Tuesday.
Scott Van Slyke is considered day-to-day one day after leaving the Dodgers’ 3-2 win over the Giants with a lower back injury.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that the 29-year-old outfielder is “feeling considerably better than he did yesterday.”
Van Slyke isn’t in the Dodgers’ starting lineup and Roberts said he’d prefer to give him the day off entirely. The Dodgers have an off-day Monday prior to their home opener Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Trayce Thompson is starting in left field against Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto.
Dodgers left fielder Charlie Culberson makes a diving catch for an out during the eighth inning of the Dodgers’ 3-2 win in 10 innings Saturday. (Associated Press photo)
SAN FRANCISCO — It isn’t a rivalry if only one team wins every time, right? The Dodgers pulled out all the stops in a 3-2, 10-inning win over the Giants today that was delayed 40 minutes at the outset because of rain. The box score is here.
Left field is a mess now, with Carl Crawford going on the disabled list and Scott Van Slyke developing a minor back problem of his own.
Here’s some video of Dave Roberts’ postgame media scrum:
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.
Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling puts on a sweatshirt in the dugout after being relieved in the eighth inning of Friday’s game in San Francisco. Stripling did not allow a hit in his major league debut. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO >> Ross Stripling reportedly had 174 messages waiting on his phone after his near no-hitter last night. Dave Roberts had about 40, but the best message he received was delivered in person.