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Spring Training Gameday Thread, #8: 3/2 vs. Dodgers

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First of the year against the Evil Empire

Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Though this game is a preview of the MLB Opening Day contest between the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers in Los Angeles on March 28, both teams have some uncertainty over their Opening Day starter. For Arizona, it seems to come down to a choice: Zack Greinke or Robbie Ray? Neither was the Opening Day starter last season, when Patrick Corbin got the job, but that was because Greinke was slow out of the gates and not available. He would seem to be the obvious candidate, but Lovullo has not yet anointed him formally, and Robbie Ray is another possibility. Greinke was pitching today - but in a B-game, along with Archie Bradley and Yoshihisa Hirano.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, the situation is reversed. Clayton Kershaw is still officially the Opening Day starter... But his shoulder seems to have other opinions. Kershaw is on anti-inflammatories to counter an issue there, and stopped throwing at the beginning of the week after feeling discomfort during a bullpen session. He still hasn’t resumed, though has been playing catch [a term which always amuses me with regard to pro players. I’m fairly sure they are still throwing harder than I could ever manage, with a running start and ripping my arm from my torso in the process] Something to keep an eye on; there’s still likely time for Kershaw to be ready, but Opening Day isn’t getting any further away...

After Matt Andriese today, we can expect to see Emilio Vargas, Bo Takahashi, Joey Krehbiel, Kevin Ginkel and Robbie Scott take the mound for the D-backs. This one is on the radio, so tune in to Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, to follow along.