The Dodgers, fresh off winning the National League West for the first time in four years, continue their final road trip of the regular season with a visit to San Diego on Friday.
Los Angeles is coming off a split in a four-game series in Arizona, clinching the franchise's first division title since 2009 with a 7-6 victory on Thursday.
Edinson Volquez will pitch for the Dodgers in his first start against the club that released him in August. Volquez is 0-1 with a 5.74 ERA in three starts with the Dodgers. He was the Padres' Opening Day starter this season but went 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA before he was released.
Volquez, though, downplayed any lingering feelings about being let go by the Padres.
"Another game," he said.
Although they were the first team to clinch a playoff berth, the Dodgers are still playing for home-field advantage. If the postseason started now, the Dodgers (88-65) would open against St. Louis (89-64), with the Cardinals possessing the home-field edge.
Volquez came out of Sunday's start with a blister on his thumb, but was able to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday in Arizona. He said his thumb responded well to treatment and he was able to throw all of his pitches.
The Padres, meanwhile, return home to open a seven-game homestand. San Diego had a four-game win streak snapped on Thursday with a 10-1 loss in Pittsburgh.
Robbie Erlin will start for the Padres in the opener of a three-game series at Petco Park. The rookie left-hander is 2-3 with a 4.97 ERA in seven starts. He has never faced the Dodgers.
Dodgers: Gonzalez tough against Padres
• Adrian Gonzalez has strong career numbers against the Padres, his former club. In 25 games against San Diego, the first baseman is hitting .380 with six home runs and 24 RBIs.
Gonzalez was not in the starting lineup on Thursday because the quad muscle that forced him from Monday's game was still lingering, but he entered as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the ninth inning and manager Don Mattingly hopes to have the slugger available to start Friday.
"He said it was a cramp, but when he came out last night [by ejection], he said he feels something," Mattingly said on Thursday. "I don't think it's major. He says he can pinch-hit and play defense. To me, it's more than a cramp and less than a full-blown injury, but it is enough to know he could use a day."
• Hanley Ramirez returned to the starting lineup Thursday as his back rebounded from a day off on Wednesday. The shortstop had four hits, including a three-run homer and a solo shot.
• Andre Ethier's sprained left ankle continues to improve and the outfielder will likely advance to taking batting practice on the field with the Dodgers on Friday, Mattingly said.
Padres: Gyorko closing in on milestone
Second baseman Jedd Gyorko needs one home run to become the fifth second baseman in MLB history with at least 20 homers in his rookie campaign.
Gyorko would join Dan Uggla (27 in 2006 with the Marlins), Joe Gordon (24 in 1938 with the Yankees), Danny Espinosa (21 in 2011 with the Nationals) and Alexei Ramirez (21 in 2008 with the White Sox).
In 115 games this season, Gyorko is hitting .251 with 25 doubles, 51 RBIs and 57 runs scored.
• The Padres are 11-6 in September, while the Dodgers are 8-10.
• L.A. leads the season series 9-7 and has won the last five meetings.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.