Funny story from today’s pregame interviews. No context, just enjoy:
The Dodgers announced the pitching matchups for their three-game series against the San Diego Padres.
On Monday, right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne (3-5, 3.06) will oppose left-hander Clayton Kershaw (17-3, 1.70). On Tuesday, right-hander Andrew Cashner (2-7, 2.39) will oppose right-hander Roberto Hernandez (8-10, 4.00). On Wednesday, right-hander Ian Kennedy (10-12, 3.75) will oppose right-hander Dan Haren (12-10, 4.17), who’s throwing his bullpen session right now.
All three games begin at 7 p.m. and will be televised exclusively on SportsNet LA.
The Dodgers faced Kennedy and Cashner — and lost to both pitchers — last week in San Diego. Despaigne allowed two runs over seven innings in his only career appearance against the Dodgers, a loss on July 10 at Dodger Stadium.
SAN DIEGO >> Right-handed pitcher Jesse Hahn, whom the Padres recalled from Double-A San Antonio, is available out of the bullpen for Saturday and Sunday’s games against the Dodgers.
Hahn limited the Dodgers to three hits over six innings on July 11 at Dodger Stadium, a 6-3 Padres win. In 12 games with San Diego this season, all starts, Hahn posted a 2.96 ERA and a 7-3 record with 65 strikeouts in 70 innings.
The 25-year-old is on an innings limit this year. Between Double-A and the majors, he’s pitched 112 ⅓ innings this season, and the Padres will use him out of the bullpen to limit his workload.
Third baseman Chris Nelson was placed on paternity leave prior to the game, clearing a spot for Hahn on the Padres’ active roster.
Greinke had an MRI on the elbow two weeks ago that “didn’t show anything different than when we first signed him,” Mattingly said. He isn’t expected to go on the disabled list.
But with Kershaw able to start tomorrow on regular rest — as well as Dan Haren, who now starts Friday — the Dodgers decided to hold Greinke back as a precaution.
“We’re better off giving him a couple extra days for the long term,” Mattingly said.
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