ryu-australia_2014-03-23

So Much Good News. Too Much Good News?

ryu-australia_2014-03-23

This right here, this is good news:

The Dodgers will start Hyun-jin Ryu in their domestic regular season opener on Sunday night against the Padres at Petco Park. The southpaw cracked his right big toenail while running the bases on Sunday in Sydney (Saturday night in Los Angeles), but has been cleared by the team medical staff to return to the mound.

So is this:

The Dodgers’ home opener against the Giants on April 4 could double as a homecoming of sorts, and not only because that may be Clayton Kershaw‘s first regular-season appearance on the mainland: There is a good chance it also will mean the return of Matt Kemp.

The Dodgers’ outfielder, recovering from surgery on a major weight-bearing bone in his left ankle, Friday pronounced himself all the way back and ready to roll.

And this, from Don Mattingly on Clayton Kershaw:

“He didn’t feel anything throwing. Obviously, he was not trying to throw 95.

“My next question was did he feel anything when he played catch the other day, and he said yes.

“That means we’ve taken a little step forward.”

And so, somehow, is this:

Given their spate of early season off-days, the Dodgers will not need a fifth starter until April 19. And when that day comes, a familiar face appears ready to step back into the rotation: Josh Beckett.

In fact, Beckett is doing so well that if Clayton Kershaw isn’t ready to pitch by next weekend, the veteran right-hander could be called upon.

And what the hell, this was great to see from Joc Pederson last night, too:

As we look forward to the final exhibition game tonight and the start of the regular season tomorrow, we’re being hit with nothing but good news on the eve of what should be a fantastic season. So like any good Dodger fan would ask, what could possibly happen to make us rue feeling so positive? I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough. For now, nothing but good news.


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Mike wrote daily for over six long years (2007-13) about the Dodgers at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which was named 2011′s “Best Sports Blog” by LA Weekly. He can currently be found writing multiple times per week at FanGraphs and ESPN, has been a producer and editor for Sports on Earth, and built The Hardball Times. He lives in New York City and will probably be asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.


538 comments
ryus_hadouken
ryus_hadouken

I'm looking on google and no site lists the part Kersh's struggling with. It just says, 'upper back, shoulder'. 



TheReggieHurley
TheReggieHurley

LOL angel announcer "with a name like joc you gotta be good" (paraphrasing)

ryus_hadouken
ryus_hadouken

Have pitchers in the past had injuries like Kershaw's? I'd like to see a sample of how those pitchers went. 

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

The more I hear from Brian Wilson the more I actually like the guy. Beard shtick aside, he seems like a really cool guy. 

Boxxybabee
Boxxybabee

Sad. This is the last time we'll see he blue jerseys.

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

"this has officially become a minor league game for the Dodgers"

Angel announcers with League on the mound

Barney (Not Darwin)
Barney (Not Darwin)

Anyone else hoping this is the last time League pitches in a Dodger game at least for a while?

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Brandon League improved his average fly ball rate with that out

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

what if everybody is leaving the game because they are actually seriously injured but everybody is assuming it's because Don is just taking people out of the game?

Boxxybabee
Boxxybabee

Clint Rob was pretty nonchalant about that play.

Barney (Not Darwin)
Barney (Not Darwin)

I'm surprised Mattingly hasn't handed the lineup card to the janitor and taken off to San Diego too.

Boxxybabee
Boxxybabee

It'd be cool iif League suddenly became worth his contract in a Uribian fashion.

P_F_P
P_F_P

@TheReggieHurley  Correct. Also any pitcher with the last name Balfour will be a shitty shit player made of literal shit.

P_F_P
P_F_P

@NoHitWin2008  and then when you add in the beard he seems like a really really cool guy

MotoMikey
MotoMikey

@Barney G  He will have a miraculous comeback, and notch the final out in game 5 of the World Series

P_F_P
P_F_P

@The Pin  nah groundball single would be better, for reasons

Hoze
Hoze

@DavidGriffBecerra  that CANT be good on his arm... he should have been pulled and sent to the bullpen to finish his pitches (with rest in between pitch binges)