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Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-jin Ryu likely to start for Dodgers in Australia

Mar 6, 2014, 7:11 PM EDT

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Earlier this week, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson named left-hander Patrick Corbin and right-hander Trevor Cahill as his starters for the upcoming two-game season opening series in Australia from March 22-23. The Dodgers have yet to make an official announcement on their starters for the series, but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com writes that things are starting to line up:

The Dodgers have set up Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu to start the two season-opening games in Australia by inserting prospect Zach Lee to start Friday against Texas.

It will be Lee’s first start of the Spring after being slowed by a strained lat muscle.

Manager Don Mattingly won’t confirm any of his plans, but he has told the pitchers their roles.

Mattingly has been coy about the situation until now, leading to some speculation that the Dodgers would hold out on using Kershaw until they return home, but this is the most logical pairing with Zack Greinke working his way back from a calf injury and Josh Beckett slowly building his workload after thoracic outlet surgery. The Dodgers will likely bring Dan Haren on the trip as insurance for Kershaw and Ryu, but assuming he isn’t needed during the series, he would have a pretty long layoff between his final spring training outing and his season debut.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    All of this guess work on who the Dodgers would have to start in their season’s opening (2) games would not be an issue if MLB didn’t force down the throats of teams to open seasons on the other side of the planet. This continues to be the dumbest topic that occurs every year and no one questions it because they don’t care. So, if people like me don’t complain about regular season games in another country (no one does), then why care/write/complain about starters available/unavailable? Live with it if you don’t see that opening a season on the other side of the world doesn’t matter.

  2. barrybondsisthealltimehomerunking - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Why can’t they just play 2 exhibition games? This is just a terrible idea and is ruining fantasy baseball leagues across the country.

    • halladaysbiceps - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      @barrybondsisthealltimehomerunking,

      No. Hank Aaron is.

      • barrybondsisthealltimehomerunking - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        What site are you using? I can assure you it is wrong. Bonds is the all time career leader with 762, and the single season leader with 73. Are you saying it’s because of the ball park? That would also be wrong as for his career he hit more HR’s on the road then he did at home.

  3. kash71 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    If only there was a channel in Southern California were I could watch this on.

  4. yahmule - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    If Kershaw is ready to go, there seems to be no reason not to start him. The Dodgers will wind up getting an extra start out of him this season.

  5. hohofosho - Mar 8, 2014 at 2:41 AM

    Kershaw not only the best but he’s durable. 200 plus innings last bunch of seasons. I don’t think it will be as much of an issue for pitchers more than it will be for the hitters. I don’t know if it’s time to worry but a lot if guys don’t look so hot in spring training.

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