PHOENIX — The
The most expensive team in baseball broke camp Sunday, departing late in the night for Sydney, Australia, the site of a two-game, series-opening series against the
Some were relieved to escape the monotony of what turned into a particularly tedious camp.
FOR THE RECORD:
Dodgers: An article in the March 17 Sports section on the Dodgers' season-opening game in Sydney, Australia, said the game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Saturday local time, 1 a.m. Friday in Los Angeles. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Saturday local time, 1 a.m. Saturday in Los Angeles. —
"It was a weird spring,"
But there was also a touch of fear.
More than 15 hours, in fact.
When the Dodgers land in Sydney, it will be Tuesday morning. Sydney is located in a time zone that is 18 hours ahead of Phoenix.
Kershaw will take the mound for the Dodgers in their first regular-season game Saturday at 1 p.m. local time. In Los Angeles, it will be 1 a.m. on Friday.
In the days leading up to their depature, the Dodgers medical staff advised players to sleep later than usual to offset the effects of jet lag. Players were also told to remain awake for the first few hours of their flight and handed compression socks that prevent blood clots.
Matt Kemp and
The only player still dealing with an injury suffered in camp are
Greinke's absence will force Kershaw to pitch in Sydney, something the Dodgers wanted to avoid in order to manage his workload. Beckett's injury resulted in no changes; he was unlikely to make the trip regardless of his health status.
When the Dodgers set their opening-day roster, Beckett will probably be put on the disabled list, along with Kemp and Billingsley. Haren, Greinke and League are expected to be designated the three players exempt from roster rules.
Carl Crawford will be on paternity leave and also won't occupy a roster spot. Crawford will be in Arizona for the impending birth of his third child.
Javy Guerra didn't make the trip, as he was designated for assignment. The former closer was removed from the 40-man roster and can be traded or claimed on waivers by another team over the next 10 days.
Thirty players traveled to Australia, including players who aren't on the 40-man roster: outfielder Joc Pederson, and right-handers Zach Lee and Red Patterson. The Dodgers were allowed to take extra players for an exhibition game they will play Thursday against an Australian all-star team.
Second baseman Alex Guerrero and infielder Miguel Rojas are other players in the traveling party who might not be part of the 25-man opening-day roster.
Others who figure to be on the bench are catcher
The bullpen will be significant in size, consisting of
The bullpen will be reduced in size for the team's domestic opener March 30 in San Diego.
As for the starting lineup,