There are less than three weeks left until the Los Angeles Dodgers head to Australia to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2014 MLB Opening Series.
While the Diamondbacks have already named Patrick Corbin and Trevor Cahill their starting pitchers in the series, the Dodgers have yet to announce their plans. It was believed to be Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, but Kershaw has yet to find his groove this spring and Greinke has been out with a right calf strain.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, it appears that the Dodgers will send out two left-handers down under:
Don Mattingly won’t say so, but all signs point to Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu starting the Dodgers’ two games in Australia this month
Greinke has all but been ruled out for the games in Sydney, but Kershaw and Ryu have both stated their willingness to start for the Dodgers. Both left-handers have started two games this spring, with Ryu going four innings Wednesday night against the Cincinnati Reds. Kershaw has struggled in his two starts thus far, giving up eight runs, seven hits and four walks in just four innings of work. He’s mentioned the fact that he has yet to feel comfortable this spring, but the reigning Cy Young award winner will likely be ready by the March 22 game.
Another candidate to start in Australia is right-hander Dan Haren, but Josh Beckett hasn’t been preparing to do. Both have made just one start at this point, but are scheduled to make their second start this week. Haren is expected to be the team’s fourth starter and Beckett is the frontrunner for the final spot in the rotation. The Dodgers will be allowed to take 30 players on the roster to Australia and will be using these last two weeks at Camelback Ranch to make their decision.
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