Billingsley or Kuroda likely to start on opening day

Joe Torre told us that in his morning session yesterday, but it fell through the cracks later on, and I forgot to mention it either in this blog or in today’s paper. Joe didn’t say it definitively, but he said those were the two who came to mind. He also said he is going to name an opening-day starter well in advance of opening day. Pay special attention to who starts the Cactus League opener on Feb. 25 against the Cubs. That is usually a pretty good indication of whom they’re leaning toward. … Supposed to be a little warmer (forecast high of 73) over at the construction site today, but it’s going to cool off again tomorrow. Joe said he is going to continue holding workouts at 10 a.m. phx time, rather than the more traditional 9 a.m., at least until the weather warms up. … By the way, Kuroda is supposed to throw his first bullpen today. You may recall he chose to play long toss two days ago rather than throwing off a mound.

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  • TeamHasHoles

    And here I thought he was considering Randy Wolf for opening day… Who else would start opening day?? Ramon Trancoso?? ;)

    He doesn’t have anyone else!!

  • snuffy02

    Jeff Weaver has really earned the opening day nod. He’s everything McCheap & No Head Ned sees in a player: cheap to pay, indifferent to fans, can’t pitch, never could pitch, a never-been as opposed to a has-been–he’s got it all–yep, Weaver for opening day.