News: Grandal is available to pinch-hit off the bench Tuesday in Game 4 of the NLDS, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Impact: Grandal injured his left shoulder during Game 3 of the NLDS, however it doesn't appear to be a serious injury considering manager Don Mattingly did say he was available to hit if need be. A.J. Ellis will get the start behind the plate in his place and hit seventh in the order.
News: Hernadez will hit leadoff in Game 4 of NLDS on Tuesday.
Impact: Hernandez was relegated to the eight spot in the batting order during Games 2 and 3, but in a do-or-die situation against Mets' rookie Steven Matz for Game 4, manager Don Mattingly will roll out an unconventional lineup featuring the 24-year-old at the leadoff spot. Hernandez had actually hit in the leadoff spot seven other times this season prior to Tuesday posting a .310 batting average in 29 at-bats.
News: Puig will start Game 4 of the NLDS Tuesday against the Mets.
Impact: Puig has been held out of the starting lineup in each of the first three games of the NLDS, but with lefty Steven Matz set to take the mound for the Mets, Puig will be inserted into the lineup and hit sixth in the order, with Justin Ruggiano and Enrique Hernandez set to play left field and center field respectively.
News: Utley's appeal hearing is scheduled for next Monday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Utley, who is appealing his two-game suspension following an illegal slide that broke Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada's leg, will be eligible to play for the entirety of the NLDS. However, with Mets' rookie left-hander Steven Matz set to take the mound in Game 4, Utley will likely serve as a pinch-hitter in the crucial matchup.
News: A person familiar with Utley's appeal says the hearing has been scheduled for Monday.
Impact: The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because no announcement was authorized. The timing means Utley will be eligible to play for the rest of the best-of-five NL Division Series against the Mets. Utley was suspended two games for his rough slide in Game 2 that broke the leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada. He was on the bench and didn't play in the Dodgers' 13-7 loss Monday night.
News: Kershaw will start Game 4 for the Dodgers on Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Kershaw being named the starter shouldn't come as a surprise, as the Dodgers will give the ball to their ace in what will be an elimination game one way or another. He'll oppose a youngster in the Mets' 24-year-old Steven Matz.
News: Utley will appeal his suspension and be eligible to play in Monday's Game 3 of the NLDS against the Mets.
Impact: Utley was initially suspended two games as a result of an illegal slide in Saturday's contest, but the appeal likely will not be heard either Monday or Tuesday, making him active for both Game 3 and 4. He is not in the starting lineup Monday, as Howie Kendrick will get the nod at the keystone and lead off.
News: Kershaw is scheduled to start on three days' rest for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of their playoff series against the New York Mets.
Impact: The reigning NL MVP and three-time Cy Young Award winner was chosen Monday over fellow left-hander Alex Wood. The best-of-five NL Division Series was tied 1-all going into Game 3 on Monday night at Citi Field. Game 4 is Tuesday night in New York. Kershaw started the series opener last Friday and lasted 6 2-3 innings. He gave up a home run to Daniel Murphy and was beaten 3-1 by Jacob deGrom and the Mets.