Kicking off the homestand
The team is back in town, despite a late arrival last night (3 a.m. PT/5 a.m. body time). But they should be ready to go tonight against the D’backs.
Be sure to tune into KABC 790 for the start of the Joe Torre segment on the pregame show, as they’ll be kicking off this new addition to the show.
Here’s the lineup:
And here’s Joe Torre’s pregame chat:
I did not talk to Manny today. I got here a little after 1 and didn’t talk to many people other than my wife and daughter.
Furcal is fine. After the long plane ride and the short night’s sleep, we thought it would be good to rest him.
Blake we will wait and see on tomorrow. He can play and wants to play. He’s serviceable, but we’re being careful.
I’m not concerned about Kuroda physically, but he might not be sharp so we have Kershaw behind him. His pitch count will be about 80-85.
Throughout the season, we are going to keep an eye on Kershaw’s innings. Tonight is one of those situations, so he’ll get pushed back. If he gets into the game tonight, he’ll pitch Friday and if he doesn’t get in the game he’ll pitch Thursday.
Pierre has always understood his role. The difference between last year and this year is Manny. He understood. Last year, with Andruw Jones, I don’t think he felt that his role should have changed. It was difficult for Juan and I last year. But we talked a lot and figured it out.