By Jon Weisman
Rich Hill threw 75 pitches in a simulated game Thursday at Camelback Ranch that “went well,” according to Dodger manager Dave Roberts, and is likely to start for the Dodgers in their August-23-25 series against San Francisco.
Roberts also said that Julio Urías will make a spot start Sunday, with Kenta Maeda getting extra rest and going either Monday in Cincinnati or Tuesday against the Giants. Roberts noted that the team has enough bullpen coverage to avoid using Urías tonight (behind Bud Norris) or Saturday (behind Brett Anderson), even if either makes an early exit.
Obviously, never say never — you never know when an 18-inning game is around the corner — but that’s the plan.
Clayton Kershaw threw on flat ground today in advance of his scheduled bullpen session Saturday, consisting of 20-25 pitches. Kershaw is then penciled in to follow that with a 40-45 pitch session Tuesday. Roberts told reporters that Kershaw was in “good spirits.”