The Dodgers have just won their third division title in a row. That’s a team record. As they venture into the playoffs for an unprecedented third consecutive year, the team is spending these four days (Monday through Thursday) getting ready. One side benefit to the home field advantage is that they don’t need to travel between yesterday’s game and the playoff preparations. So what’s going on before Friday? Some players like Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez are getting crucial rest, so that Turner’s knee will be a little better and Gonzalez’s pinched nerve hopefully gets un-pinched. Other players are likely working on their hitting, fielding, and pitching skills so they don’t get rusty in the ensuing four days.
Meanwhile, the front office, together with Don Mattingly, are making last minute updates to the playoff roster. Most decisions are pretty clear. Those that are not clear include the last one or two guys in the bullpen. The other issue involves Scott Van Slyke, who is currently dealing with inflammation in his right wrist. Actually, it seems he has been dealing with this inflammation for a while now. Which brings up the concern: