Left-hander Paco Rodriguez shakes his head when he thinks of how much his life has changed in the last five months.
Coming out of
"It's been absolutely phenomenal," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez began Monday as the
Rodriguez, 22, has continued a meteoric rise that started last year, when he pitched in 11 games to become the first player from the 2012 draft class to reach the major leagues.
One of the last players to make the Dodgers' opening-day roster, Rodriguez finds himself as one of the team's most-used arms. His 62 appearances before Monday ranked third on the team and ninth in the NL.
"It's awesome for them to be able to trust me that much," he said.
"I knew throwing my changeup I had a good chance, because it's a pitch that keeps them off balance and opens up both sides of the plate," Rodriguez said. "I knew that I could do it."
Rodriguez owes much of his success to a deceptive delivery in which he hides the ball behind his head when cocking back his arm. The delivery has evolved, as he now shows the ball before making it disappear.
"I felt like once I got out here, I needed to stay on top of the ball as long as possible," he said. "So I started bringing it out a little early. It helped me be on top for whatever reason. Little by little it became a habit. When I was in college, I always wanted to keep my arm behind my body so that it was hard to pick up. Now, I do show it a little bit."
Clayton Kershaw will play host to a table tennis tournament Thursday evening at
Among the confirmed attendees are
For information on how to purchase tickets to watch or participate in the tournament, visit dodgers.com/kershaw.
Matt Kemp is scheduled the run the bases Tuesday in what could be his final test before starting a minor league rehabilitation assignment. … The first 50,000 spectators at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday will receive a bobblehead doll commemorating Rick Monday's preventing protesters from burning an American flag at Dodger Stadium on April 25, 1976.