By Jon Weisman
In other news …
- Though he is missing his start Sunday, Clayton Kershaw is a candidate to start the home opener April 4, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Kershaw said he “didn’t think” the flight to Australia “had anything to do with” his injury.
- Carl Crawford and Brandon League arrived Wednesday from Arizona, Gurnick reports.
- MLB’s At the Ballpark app has been updated — read about all the many virtues at MLB.com.
- Here’s a different app you might find fun: No-Hitter Alerts (via David Pinto of Baseball Musings).
- Former Dodger shortstop Rafael Furcal, aiming to come back at age 36 from Tommy John surgery that forced him out of action in 2013, will start the season on the Marlins’ disabled list — with a strained hamstring.
- Randy Wolf is the latest former Dodger to get a Spring Training release, though his departure from Seattle came under quite unusual circumstances.
- The 1961 Union Oil Family Booklet perspective on Johnny Podres is at Ernest Reyes’ Blue Heaven.
- Charley Steiner talked to Gurnick about the coming year.
- A.J. Ellis has joined in the 108stitches.com Strike Out Cancer effort, writes Gurnick.
- Tale a peek at MLB’s new state-of-the-art instant replay center, via Paul Hagen’s piece at MLB.com. More on the new instant replay from Will Leitch at Sports on Earth and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.
- Video surfaced of what happens to be the first game of Lou Gehrig’s consecutive-game streak. The featured subject of the video is Babe Ruth, who twists in the batter’s box like a precursor to Juan Uribe.