The Dodgers still have eight starters in camp, and all eight remain on a starter’s plan. Even Ted Lilly.
“We’ve had some conversations with guys, but at this point everyone is working as starters,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters in Glendale this afternoon. “Anything could happen. Until Opening Day we don’t know what’s going to happen. We’ve talked about the possibilities of it with guys just so psychologically guys could know where it sits. We’ve tried to prepare for that as much as possible.”
That the Dodgers are in no rush to get a look at Lilly, Chris Capuano
or Aaron Harang
as relievers is a strong indication that a trade or two (or three) will come soon.
One domino fell Monday when free agent starter Kyle Lohse
signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, reducing the pool of available starters by one. That could narrow the focus of a few interested buyers who have been considering the Dodgers’ surplus trio.
Several teams have been scouting Chris Capuano
and Aaron Harang
on the back fields lately, and Harang will offer them another look in a major-league game tonight when he opposes the Colorado Rockies at Camelback Ranch.
Meanwhile, the rotation will open the season with Clayton Kershaw
, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Josh Beckett
against the San Francisco Giants. On Tuesday Ryu will pitch in place of Chad Billingsley
, who only yesterday came to grips with his curveball in a bullpen session. Billingsley couldn’t throw curveballs for a time after he bruised his right index finger in a bunting drill and the Dodgers are proceeding with caution.