LA activates Kendrick, Grandal; Van Slyke to DL

LA activates Kendrick, Grandal; Van Slyke to DL

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers reinstated infielder Howie Kendrick and catcher Yasmani Grandal from the disabled list and placed outfielder Scott Van Slyke on the 15-day DL before Tuesday's 4-2 home-opening loss against the D-backs.

Kendrick is coming off a left calf strain, while Grandal was dealing with a right forearm strain. Both completed Minor League rehab assignments. Kendrick was in Tuesday's starting lineup, batting fifth and playing second base. He went 1-for-4 and scored a run. Manager Dave Roberts said Grandal, who drove in a run as a pinch-hitter in the ninth Tuesday, is expected to start Wednesday.

Van Slyke went for an MRI on Tuesday and was diagnosed with lower back irritation. He was removed from Saturday's win over the Giants with the injury.

The Dodgers' outfield depth is being tested early with Van Slyke, Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Alexander Guerrero on the DL.

"It's a big loss," Roberts said.

The Dodgers are hopeful Van Slyke and Crawford (lower back pain) can return to action in two weeks. In the meantime, Roberts mentioned Kendrick as a possibility to see action in left field.

The Dodgers previously optioned infielder Micah Johnson to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.