The Dodgers have eight starting pitchers in camp and might need to keep all of them. Zack Greinke has had something going on in the back of his elbow and might miss another start on Monday. Chad Billingsley has something going on with his right groin. Ted Lilly is coming off shoulder surgery and is behind in innings because of the flu and a rainout. Chris Capuano is fine now, but he's had two Tommy John operations. If everybody is healthy and nobody is traded, Clayton Kershaw, Greinke, Josh Beckett and Billingsley figure to open the season in the rotation. The fifth spot, when needed on April 15, could go to Hyun-Jin Ryu, Capuano, Aaron Harang or Lilly. But general manager Ned Colletti has seen enough injuries to pitchers, and he seems to be in no rush to trade any of them. He won't even answer when asked what he'd do if the season started today. "It doesn't," he said. "There's still three more weeks of Spring Training to get through before Opening Day." OK, but there's only one more week of exhibition games before management must settle on the five starters, providing them with enough innings to be ready for April 1. Manager Don Mattingly said the three starters that get bumped will continue to get extra innings and prepare as starters, even if it takes Minor League games to do it. The Dodgers are masters at roster manipulation and stashing the three surplus starters in the bullpen might be the only way for Colletti to maximize "inventory."
Lilly the Dodgers' 5th starter, Ryu to pen?
MLB.com | Mar 11