By contrast, Clayton Kershaw pitched two innings, plus 15 pitches in the bullpen afterward, on Wednesday against Arizona. Zack Greinke was scheduled for the same workload on Thursday against the D-backs, only to leave after four pitches with a mild strain of the right calf.
Arizona's pitching strategy, which utilized multiple simulated games and bullpen sessions, was influenced by new pitching consultant Dave Duncan, who is working with new pitching coach Mike Harkey. The Dodgers' strategy, with live batting practice and bullpen sessions, is the work of pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, who pitched for Duncan in Oakland and St. Louis. Honeycutt often refers to the influence of Duncan in his coaching style.
The Dodgers are on a five-day rotation, so Hyun-Jin Ryu gets his first start Friday, Dan Haren on Saturday and Josh Beckett on Sunday. Paul Maholm might pitch Sunday, but he has been in catch-up mode after missing a few days with elbow tenderness.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.