GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jon Garland is being skipped the first time through the Dodgers' rotation in the spring, but there's apparently no cause for alarm.

"It's not a red flag," said pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. "It's precautionary in my mind. It's not as much him, as me. This is the first time I've had him in Spring Training, and his offseason throwing program is different than the other guys. He's just started throwing off the mound."

Honeycutt set up the first cycle of the rotation for fourth starter Hiroki Kuroda to pitch Saturday, Opening Day starter Clayton Kershaw to pitch Monday, Chad Billingsley on Tuesday and Ted Lilly on Wednesday. Each of them will have pitched live batting practice five days before his start.

John Ely, who started 18 games for the Dodgers last year, will start Sunday's game in Garland's slot. Garland has been an innings-eater throughout his career, and pitched 200 innings last year with San Diego.

Redding leaves early with stomach ailment

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tim Redding, a non-roster pitcher named to start Saturday's Spring Training opener for the Dodgers against the Giants, was sent home from the clubhouse on Friday morning when he complained of stomach symptoms.

Redding told team trainers he thought he would be able to pitch on Saturday, but manager Don Mattingly was non-committal. Carlos Monasterios is also slated to pitch in the game and could start, although he said he wasn't told anything on Friday.

Vicente Padilla, who underwent successful surgery on Thursday in Los Angeles to free an entrapped radial nerve in his throwing forearm, was expected back in Arizona on Friday night and in camp Saturday to begin his rehab.

Javy Guerra, behind after slicing the middle finger of his pitching hand in a kitchen accident during the fall, threw his first bullpen session on Friday and was impressive. He's likely to face hitters soon.

Dana Eveland, who strained a hamstring in the first workout last week, is healing well -- and hopes to throw a bullpen session next week.