Crawford, Haren set to skip trip to Australia

Maholm slated to serve as Dodgers' extra starter against Diamondbacks

Crawford, Haren set to skip trip to Australia

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Although nothing is set in stone, the Dodgers' travel roster for their season-opening series in Australia got a bit clearer on Saturday as manager Don Mattingly laid out part of the club's tentative plan.

Barring injury or any other last minute extenuating circumstances, outfielder Carl Crawford and pitcher Dan Haren will not make the trip while Paul Maholm will serve as the club's extra starter, traveling as an emergency Plan B if anything should happen to scheduled starters Clayton Kershaw or Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Crawford is expecting the birth of his child any day and will be on paternity leave.

"The way I understand it, Carl's not going," Mattingly said.

As for Haren, he'll join Zack Greinke and another to be determined player as one of three Dodgers exempt from the Australia games but able to appear in the club's North American opener on March 30 in San Diego.

"As of right now, Haren won't be on the plane," Mattingly said. "Danny knows that. He also knows that anything could happen in the next two days."

In place of Crawford in left field, Mattingly said matchups will determine who will get the nod both days. So with D-backs left-hander Patrick Corbin slated to start the opener, the right-handed hitting Scott Van Slyke is likely to be penciled in for Game 1.

Mattingly also said the Dodgers will take three catchers to Australia: A.J. Ellis, Tim Federowicz and presumably, Drew Butera.

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.