And the Dodgers’ starting pitcher for that other season opener Sunday in San Diego, will be … Hyun-Jin Ryu.
With Clayton Kershaw scratched because of a sore back and Ryu having half his big right toe nail removed, the Dodgers were uncertain who would get the start against the Padres when the club resumes its season on the mainland.
But Ryu threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session, reported no pain and is now scheduled to start the nationally televised opener.
“He had a great camp,” said Manager Don Mattingly. “He threw great in Australia. He’s the right guy.”
Ryu doesn’t like to have bullpen sessions between starts, but needed to test the toe. Ryu said he threw all his pitches in the brief session.
Zack Greinke will pitch the second game in San Diego on Tuesday and Dan Haren will start against the Padres on Wednesday. The Dodgers are off Thursday before returning to Los Angeles for their home opener Friday against the Giants.
If Kershaw is still unavailable by then, Ryu could also pitch the home opener. For now, the Dodgers are simply counting on him against the Padres.
“He’s good to go Sunday,” Mattingly said. “He’s totally comfortable. We’re totally comfortable.”
Ryu threw five scoreless innings against the Diamondbacks last Sunday in Sydney, giving up only two hits and a walk while striking out five.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times