Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will start Saturday against the Angels, swapping spots in the starting rotation with Zack Greinke, who will start tonight.
Manager Don Mattingly stopped short of saying Kershaw had any setback, or even that he couldn’t start tonight.
“He threw yesterday before his event,” Mattingly said, referring to Kershaw’s annual charity ping pong tournament. “We knew he was feeling good but we wanted to make sure and give him an extra day.”
Kershaw declined an interview, saying only that he feels good.
Kershaw has had hip issues in the past. This one “is nothing different from what we’ve dealt with in the past,” Mattingly said, “so we feel good.”
Left-hander Hector Santiago is starting for the Angels tonight. Left-hander Andrew Heaney — whom the Dodgers traded to the Angels last December to get Howie Kendrick — is starting tomorrow.
On Thursday the Dodgers completed a three-team, 13-player trade that is believed to be the largest in franchise history.
On Friday, the Dodgers traded Mike Morse to the Pirates for minor league outfielder Jose Tabata.
Morse was one of the seven players acquired Thursday. The Dodgers immediately designated him for assignment. Tabata figures to report to AAA Oklahoma City.
Brandon Beachy allowed four runs in four innings against the Braves in his last start for the Dodgers. (Associated Press photo)
Pitcher Brandon Beachy, pitcher Chin-Hui Tsao, outfielder Chris Heisey and first baseman/outfielder Mike Morse have been designated for assignment in a flurry of moves designed to clear room on their 40-man roster following the three-team megatrade completed earlier today.
Beachy, Tsao and Heisey were all at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Morse was one of the players acquired in the trade that brought Alex Wood, Mat Latos, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan and minor league utilityman Jose Peraza to Los Angeles.
Per MLB rules, the Dodgers were required to amend their 40-man roster today. They won’t have to adjust their 25-man roster until the new players report, which could be as late as tomorrow afternoon.
The Dodgers play the Angels at 7 p.m. Friday. The non-waiver trade deadline is 1 p.m.