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.
The Dodgers were apparently a footnote to one of the biggest salary dumps in MLB history.
According to CBSsports.com, the Dodgers were involved in discussions with the Angels and Rangers regarding Josh Hamilton “to pay some money while gathering prospects,” before Hamilton was ultimately traded to the Rangers on Monday.
That same day, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said “we’ve had a variety of talks through the last month or so revolving around a number of different possible outcomes. Some of them were more serious than others, but this is the one that always made the most sense for everybody.”
In the end, by not involving the Dodgers in the Hamilton trade, the Angels merely spared us all “old friend alerts” from Eric Stephen on Twitter every time Hamilton did something noteworthy.
David Huff starts for the Dodgers in what would have been Hyun-Jin Ryu’s place in the rotation. Right-hander Matt Shoemaker goes for the Angels in the 1 p.m. game at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The greater Phoenix area experienced a light but steady rain this morning. The streets were wet, the baseball fields were wet, and Cactus League games were a threat to be postponed. Julio Urias got his jog in outdoors anyway.
In Phoenix, like any good warm-weather climate, drivers aren’t always used to driving on slick pavement. Maybe that’s why the Camelback Road off-ramp was backed up when the Angels team bus was driving into the Dodgers’ spring training home for their Thursday afternoon game. They waited for the congestion to clear up, then they waited for five minutes at a red light. The game started three minutes late.
Dodgers starter Brett Anderson, who had been warming up in anticipation of a 1:05 p.m. start time, threw and threw and threw. At some point he had to sit down — “10 minutes, 12 minutes, just enough time to cool down and then warm back up.”
Anderson wasn’t himself. He allowed seven hits, and retired only five batters against the Angels.
“I’m not using it as an excuse,” Anderson said of the delay. “It’s a weird circumstance but something you have to deal with.”
Here’s more from Anderson postgame:
A couple more notes:
The Dodgers will face Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney tomorrow at Camelback Ranch. It’s a reunion of sorts. Heaney was on his couch in December when the Marlins called to inform him he’d been traded to the Dodgers. Twenty minutes later he got a second call: The Dodgers were trading him to the Angels for Howie Kendrick.
Heaney is certainly a better fit with the Angels, who are looking at him for their fifth starter’s job. The 23-year-old left-hander have something to prove tomorrow.
Here is the Dodgers’ lineup for the 1 p.m. game: