LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are taking things lightly as they wind down the regular season in preparation for the start of the playoffs next week.
They showed up to the clubhouse later than usual Saturday afternoon, skipped batting practice prior to their game against the Colorado Rockies, and then came word from Dodgers manager Don Mattingly that he'll step aside for Sunday's regular-season finale and let Juan Uribe manage the team.
That's right, the playful third baseman for the Dodgers will call the shots from the dugout, giving Mattingly an extra day to ponder his postseason roster and collect notes on his still-to-be-determined opponent for Friday's NL Division Series opener.
Joe Torre made a similar move when he managed the Dodgers in 2009, allowing backup catcher Brad Ausmus to manage the final regular-season game, a 5-3 win against the Rockies that followed L.A.'s NL West-clinching victory the night before.
Uribe's managerial debut won't be the only coaching staff adjustment.
Kershaw's likely feeling restless since he hasn't pitched since last Wednesday's NL West-clinching victory against the San Francisco Giants, and isn't scheduled to appear again until Friday's playoff opener, a gap of nine days. He's scheduled to throw a simulated game prior to Sunday's game, however.
No word on where Uribe plans to bat himself in the lineup.