By Jon Weisman
Hyun-Jin Ryu has been cleared to start Sunday’s domestic opener at San Diego. In theory, Zack Greinke and Dan Haren will start the next two games, Tuesday and Wednesday, with Clayton Kershaw a strong possibility to take the mound in front of Dodger Stadium fans Friday against the Giants.
As Scott Miller writes for MLB.com, Kershaw’s situation is still a bit fluid.
Kershaw’s next step will be to throw with a little more intensity and see how he reacts to that.
“We’re not ready to put a timeline out there,” (Don) Mattingly said. “The next few days will be a little barrier to cross.
“We’re not going to let him go out unless he’s 100 percent. If he’s not 100 percent, we’re going to hold him back.”
If not Kershaw, the honor of starting the home opener could go to Josh Beckett, who wasn’t expected to make his regular season debut until mid-April. Paul Maholm appears ticketed for long relief unless other injuries come up.
Haren, by the way, will start tonight’s exhibition finale against the Angels in Anaheim.