The competition for the No. 5 rotation slot will begin Wednesday.
Veteran Scott Kazmir will start against the Giants, while Hyun-Jin Ryu will throw a sim game, according to Dave Roberts.
Sounds like Scott Kazmir will go on Wednesday night and Hyun-Jin Ryu will pitch on the back fields that afternoon. Should be wild.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) February 27, 2017
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) February 27, 2017
Both Kazmir and Ryu are battling back from injuries. Kazmir was a disappointment in his first season in Los Angeles when he was on the mound. Ryu performed well when healthy, but it’s been two seasons since he’s been relevant.
Brandon McCarthy is also working his way back. Roberts said his Cactus League debut is nearing after throwing two simulated innings Monday.
“He looks good, he really does,” Roberts said. “He’s executing pitches, command of everything. The feel, everything was good. (His) second inning was better than the first inning. It was definitely a win for us.”
Ultimately, each of the trio will have a chance to start unless one takes a stranglehold on the position. It’s in the Dodgers’ and players’ best interests to give them a moderate workload and let them rebound slowly.
Kazmir, Ryu and McCarthy have been throwing and all are expected to pitch in game action soon. Kazmir, you’re first up.