With all the lineup permutations manager Don Mattingly has had to juggle as the Dodgers manage their injury-riddled roster, Friday's lineup featured a big league first. The Dodges started five players who are the sons of Major League alumni, including Tony Gwynn Jr. in center and the entire infield of Ivan De Jesus at third, Jerry Hairston Jr. at second, Scott Van Slyke at first and Dee Gordon at short.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, it's the first time five "legacy" players have started a game, and the first time an entire infield has been made up of sons of former players.
"We're getting ready to get Juan [Rivera] back," Mattingly said Sunday, referring to the outfielder and first baseman who has been on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain since May 9. "Probably get Juan back [Monday] in Philly, so it kind of gives me my groupings back of where I want to play guys."
Juan Uribe continues to take batting practice with the team, making five days of that level of activity. Mattingly hoped to send him on a rehab assignment in the coming week, but head athletic trainer Sue Falsone hasn't given him the green light yet.
"He had some soreness," Mattingly said of Uribe's left wrist injury. "He said he was fine, but it doesn't sound like [Falsone] is ready to turn him lose yet.
Matt Kemp will join the club in Philadelphia to begin the rehab process from his left hamstring strain.