Van Slyke stayed in for one more at-bat and was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the third inning. Thompson took over in left field from innings three through seven, until Culberson made his debut there in the eighth.Right away, Culberson was tested by a line drive to the gap by Angel Pagan. He sprinted to his left and dove the last second to save an extra-base hit.“I feel like I got a pretty decent jump,” Culberson said. “The last second it kind of got in the lights. I just went with instinct, threw my glove out and it worked out for us.”So at least the Dodgers’ options are competent ‑ even if Culberson hadn’t played left field outside of the Dominican Winter League in three years. Just to be safe, the Dodgers deployed Johnson in left field Friday night in a Triple-A game. He hadn’t played the position before in five professional seasons.Stripling aftermathRoss Stripling said he had 174 messages waiting on his phone after his near no-hitter Friday night. Roberts had about 40, but the best message he received was delivered in person.“Ross’ dad was down in the lobby (of the team hotel) today and just sought me out,” Roberts said. “He came up to me, really kind of emotional, and thanked me, for him and his wife, for looking out for their son. “When you have a father and a mother who know his kid’s story and what he endured to get here, they enjoyed that moment more than anyone. For him to say ‘Thank you for taking care of our son’s future, and their family’ ‑ I’ll have his support forever. For me, I felt good about it regardless of that. To get the parents’ stamp of approval is always a good thing.” Ross’ father, Hayes, and his mother, Tammy, were among the 21 family and friends who attended his first major league game. Stripling nearly made history, falling five outs short of becoming the first pitcher since 1892 to throw a no-hitter in his debut. Roberts clarified Saturday that Stripling wasn’t on a strict pitch count, even though he was pulled after exactly 100 pitches. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman concurred with the decision. “Doc and Honey (pitching coach Rick Honeycutt) were doing everything they could to win a game,” Friedman said. “I thought it was a tough night in terms of the questions (Roberts had to answer) after. His convictions after the game stood out.” Honeycutt, Roberts and the Dodgers’ medical staff all contributed to the decision of how aggressively to limit Stripling in his debut. Stripling missed all of 2014, and the first two months of 2015, recovering from Tommy John surgery. He had never thrown more than 93 pitches in a game since coming back.AlsoThe Dodgers signed veteran reliever Sean Burnett to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City. … Yasmani Grandal went 2 for 2 with two singles as the designated hitter for Oklahoma City. He’s on track to join the Dodgers for their home opener Tuesday. … So is second baseman Howie Kendrick, who started his third straight game for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and went 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored. … Right-hander Carlos Frias, currently on the roster of Triple-A Oklahoma City, was placed on the disabled list with an oblique injury. His last appearance was a Cactus League game on March 30. Johnson was the last position player on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster who wasn’t on the major league disabled list or the active roster. No team has more players on the DL than the Dodgers’ 11.Johnson flew out of Nashville in the morning and arrived at AT&T Park in the seventh inning. His short commute to the ballpark was complicated by traffic; President Barack Obama is visiting the Bay Area and could wind up on the Dodgers’ depth chart by the time he leaves.“The DL seems like the prudent decision (for Crawford),” Roberts said. “It takes the pressure off. It allows us some more roster flexibility. For Micah to get here ‑ he can play the infield, play the outfield, be a left-handed hitter off the bench, can pinch run, so I think that it’s a win-win for all of us.”Further complicating things, Van Slyke aggravated a minor back injury early in the Dodgers’ 3-2 win over the Giants. “It was just a routine pop-up to left,” Van Slyke said. “I kind of freaked out, took a step, went up too quick, it went out from underneath me and my back tightened up.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SAN FRANCISCO >> Left field is a mess right now for the Dodgers. Six games into the season, they’ve already used the first six players on their preseason depth chart at the position.In the three weeks since Andre Ethier fractured his right tibia, the Dodgers have gotten innings from Carl Crawford, Scott Van Slyke, Kiké Hernandez, Trayce Thompson and Charlie Culberson in left. The next option is the emergency option ‑ pitcher Kenta Maeda, who was two at-bats away from a pinch-hit appearance Saturday, manager Dave Roberts said.Crawford joined Ethier on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. He’ll undergo an MRI exam on his sore lower back Monday in Los Angeles.Micah Johnson was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Crawford’s place on the active roster. He played two innings at second base Saturday and finished 0 for 2.