Howie Kendrick, Yasmani Grandal ready to return to Dodgers’ lineup

first_img“Both guys are texting me saying they’re anxious to get back, excited to see what we’re doing over here,” manager Dave Roberts said. “It’ll certainly be a boost.”There are two difficult but enviable decisions facing the Dodgers’ brass: who Grandal and Kendrick should replace on the active roster, and how to work them back into the lineup.The first decision is more straightforward, at least on paper. Second baseman Micah Johnson was recalled from Oklahoma City on Saturday and seems like a logical choice to head back to Triple-A since he and Kendrick share a primary position. Catcher Austin Barnes is batting .143 to begin the season and can easily swap roster spots with Grandal.Sunday afternoon, Roberts said those decision wouldn’t be made for another 24 hours.“We have to figure out what makes sense for this next series and the next series after that,” he said. “In the short-term, long-term type thing, weigh all these different options what’s best for our club.” SAN FRANCISCO >> Help is on the way.After losing three of four games to the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers will welcome second baseman Howie Kendrick and catcher Yasmani Grandal back to their active roster following their minor league rehabilitation assignments.Kendrick, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf muscle, hit two doubles and played nine innings at second base Sunday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Grandal, on the 15-day DL with a strained right forearm, caught six innings of Triple-A Oklahoma City’s game in Nashville. He went 0 for 2 Sunday, and 3 for 9 with two walks in the series. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Dodgers host the Arizona Diamondbacks at 1 p.m. Tuesday, the first of three games in the series. The Giants visit for a three-game series beginning Saturday, after which the Dodgers will fly to Atlanta.Grandal is expected to be the starting catcher once he returns. Kendrick is expected to start too, though veteran second baseman Chase Utley went on a surprise tear (a .394 OBP, with two doubles and a triple) to begin the season.The Diamondbacks will throw two left-handers (Patrick Corbin on Tuesday and Robbie Ray on Thursday) and one right-hander (Rubby De La Rosa) in the series, so the left-handed hitting Utley and the right-handed Kendrick might wind up trading off.Minor tradeThe Dodgers bolstered their minor league depth Sunday by acquiring outfielder James Ramsey and infielder/outfielder Zach Walters from the Cleveland Indians for cash. Ramsey and Walters were assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City, though neither player was in the lineup Sunday in Nashville. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers moved pitcher Josh Ravin and outfielder Andre Ethier to the 60-day disabled list.AlsoScott Van Slyke didn’t play one day after he was removed from a game with lower back pain. Roberts said that the 29-year-old outfielder is day-to-day. … A ceremony to re-name Vin Scully Avenue will be held at 11:15 a.m. Monday at the main stadium entrance. Scully, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo and Dodgers president Stan Kasten are scheduled to attend.last_img