Coffey (knee) to DL, Lindblom gets to stay.

Todd Coffey‘s earned-run average (36.00) is inflamed. Turns out, so is his knee.

Coffey was placed on the 15-day disabled list with anterior knee inflammation and left-hander Ted Lilly was activated from the DL so he can start tonight’s game against the San Diego Padres.

“It’s definitely a situation where if we were later in the season and it had to be pushed through, that’s no problem,” Coffey said. “It seems kind to silly right now to man up, push through something that we could get completely knocked out, ready to go 100 percent.”

It also seems silly to demote Josh Lindblom. The right-hander can be optioned to the minor leagues but is pitching as well as anyone in the Dodgers’ bullpen, having allowed one hit and no runs in four appearances. Coffey, who has surrendered two runs without recording an out in back-to-back outings against the Padres, does not have a minor-league option.

But someone needed to be removed from the active roster Saturday to make room for Lilly and Coffey’s knee gave the Dodgers their out.

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Matt Kemp is the NL Player of the Week.

Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is on pace for 81 home runs, 324 RBIs, 41 stolen bases and a .412 batting average.

That’s what happens when you put up monster numbers in the first four games of the season. And when those games constitute the entire first week of the season, you earn National League Player of the Week honors, as Kemp did Monday.

From the official press release:
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Tony Gwynn Jr. tried to convince his dad to leave San Diego.

Dodgers outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. has it different than any other visiting player at Petco Park.

There is a street outside the stadium named after his father, Tony Gwynn, a 15-time All-Star for the Padres from 1982-2001. Gwynn’s number 19 is retired here, one of six numbers on display above the center-field fence.

But at some point, this has to become second-nature to the 29-year-old baseball progeny, who still calls San Diego home in the off-season — right?

“Not at all,” Gwynn Jr. said. “It’s the opposite of that. It’s a reminder of not only how good he was, but how much love the city of San Diego has for him.”

It reminds him of something else, too.
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Kershaw: ‘I was looking around for where I was going to throw up on the field the whole time.’

Don Mattingly declined to go into the specific symptoms of Clayton Kershaw’s stomach flu yesterday — for obvious reasons. It went without saying that Kershaw, who left his scheduled opening-day start after three innings, had to have had a compelling reason to call it a day after throwing just 39 pitches.

Wearing street clothes inside the visitors’ clubhouse Friday at Petco Park, Kerhsaw had no problem elaborating on his miserable opening day.

“Warming up was the worst part,” he said. “I was looking around for where I was going to be able to throw up on the field the whole time.”

Kershaw wanted to go back to his hotel room after exiting the game but said he “couldn’t really get up” after lying down in the tunnel leading to the clubhouse. After eventually getting up Kershaw said he threw up, showered, went home and “last night was not very much fun either.”

“I don’t really get sick,” he said. “I can’t even remember the last time I threw up. It was not a fun experience.”

The big question is, can Kershaw make his next scheduled start next Tuesday for the Dodgers’ home opener?
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