Peering through the fog at the Dodgers' 25-man roster

Clayton Kershaw is again expected to lead the Dodgers' starting rotation. Rob Tringali/Getty Images

LOS ANGELES -- With the season just three days away, there is no time like the present to take a flier on the 25 Los Angeles Dodgers players that will either bus, drive or train to San Diego for the season opener Monday.

Taking into consideration injuries, clues from manager Dave Roberts, and just some outright (educated) guesses in some areas, here is how we see it stacking up for Opening Day.

Even if this is the correct alignment of players to start the season, changes could come quickly.


Clayton Kershaw, Scott Kazmir, Kenta Maeda, Alex Wood.

The Dodgers have yet to name a fifth starter, so to follow their lead, we won’t either. Key injuries in this category: Brett Anderson (back), Mike Bolsinger (side), Brandon Beachy (elbow).


Kenley Jansen, Chris Hatcher, Louis Coleman, Pedro Baez, Joe Blanton, Yimi Garcia, J.P Howell, Carlos Frias.

Coleman pushed his way into this group with a strong spring, while Luis Avilan pushed his way out with a bad one. Frias will open the year among the relievers, with the possibility that he starts in the Bay Area next Friday. Key injuries in this category: None.


A.J. Ellis, Yasmani Grandal

Pairing Ellis with Kershaw was easy, but once Grandal is completely healthy, it will start to get complicated. Key injuries in this category: Grandal (forearm) was doubtful, but seems to have avoided a DL stint.


Adrian Gonzalez, Chase Utley, Enrique Hernandez, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Charlie Culberson.

Seager is young, but the rest of the infield starters have some age on them, so good health is vital. The Dodgers probably will take a reliever over Culberson, but we’ll give him a nod. Key injuries in this category: Howie Kendrick (calf).


Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Carl Crawford, Scott Van Slyke, Trayce Thompson.

Andre Ethier’s injury means that Crawford and Van Slyke platoon in left and Thompson makes the squad, primarily to be used as a late-inning defensive replacement at the outset. Key injuries in this category: Ethier (leg).