Ryu is already 1-0 with a 0.00 earned-run average after picking up the win last Sunday in Sydney, Australia. Ryu shut out the Arizona Diamondbacks for five innings before a toe injury caused him to come out of the game.
That injury has healed, Mattingly said, and Ryu will oppose Andrew Cashner at Petco Park in the Padres’ Opening Day game.
Clayton Kershaw was originally scheduled to start the game, but a back injury forced him to sit out. Kershaw might begin the season on the disabled list.
Ryu threw a bullpen session prior to Friday’s game and passed that preliminary test. Zack Greinke will pitch the second game of the series Tuesday against Ian Kennedy and Dan Haren will oppose Tyson Ross on Wednesday.
Haren will also start the finale of the Freeway Series on Saturday, a game that’s scheduled to begin just after 6 p.m. at Angel Stadium.
As for Friday’s game, played before an announced crowd of 39,143 at Dodger Stadium and interrupted by a magnitude 5.1 earthquake, the Dodgers nearly blew it.
They squandered a bases-loaded, none-out situation in the ninth inning, sending the game into the 10th tied 4-4. Darnell Sweeney‘s single off Angels pitcher Jeremy Berg won it, driving in Trayvon Robinson with the game-winning run.
Sweeney, a 13th-round draft pick in 2012, celebrated the end of his first game at Dodger Stadium with a Gatorade bath.
“It felt good to get in a game for the first time in Dodger Stadium,” he said.
Sweeney’s single hardly looked like a single off the bat. The Angels had five players stationed around the infield and only two outfielders. The ball sailed over everyone, landed in deep-center field and rolled to the warning track.
After the game, I asked Sweeney when the novelty of the experience wore off.
“It’s still going, actually,” Sweeney said. “I haven’t played in a triple-deck (park) ever. It feels good to play in a game like this for the first time.”
The box score is here. Some more notes and observations:
• Sweeney said he’s starting the 2014 season at Double-A Chattanooga, a nice promotion for the 23-year-old who finished last season at High-A Rancho Cucamonga.
• Sweeney said his parents stayed up late to watch tonight’s game from their home in Miami.
• Zach Lee‘s Dodger Stadium debut was a mishmash of hits and misses, literally. Josh Hamilton ripped into a three-run home run to right field in the first inning. Albert Pujols collected a bloop double off Lee later in the game. Several players missed badly at Lee’s off-speed offerings. He threw five innings, allowing five hits and four runs, walking two and striking out two.
• When I asked A.J. Ellis if he felt the earthquake, he said no. Then he paused, thought, and said he did feel it — but thought it was the fans rumbling in the seats with the bases loaded in the sixth inning.