I just got back from the dugout and Torre’s pregame media pow wow. Some updates for today’s game.
Kuroda will be limited to around 80-85 pitches today. He was brought up, despite a poor rehab outing in the minors, because his arm appears good and he said he was ready to go. Torre noted that Kuroda has always been honest about his health and that factored in too. And Kersahw is ready to go in case Kuroda falters.
Speaking of the Kershawshank Redemption, he will only start an inning tonight and will not come into a situation. He may also get skipped in the rotation the rest of the way, if he makes it back to starting, in order to keep his innings down.They will be careful with him the rest of the season, limiting his pitch count. He may pitch and inning, maybe two. I personally believe that it will all depend on how he looks and his command. But I am worried of the Derek Lowe syndrome of a starter trying to transition into a relief role. Hopefully Kershaw is better prepared and I believe that the Dodgers will give him ample time between appearances.
Kuo was at the park today, Torre says that he comes and goes. Kuo is having trouble with keeping a consistent releas point and that is what was getting him in trouble before. It also results in the loss of control. He just cannot get that feel back and keep a consistent release point. The inconsistency in his release point also puts a strain on his arm. Torre noted that even when Kuo was going good there was always a little something that he felt. That many surgeries and that much strain just makes it that way. He has had to battle through it like many players have when injured. It sounds like its something that he will always have to deal with. It does not sound like Kuo has a good chance of rebounding, anytime soon that is.
More after the game, check our twitter account for updates from time to time.