The Marlins acquired starter Dan Haren along with second baseman Dee Gordon last month, but Haren has said he may retire if he is unable to pitch close to his home on the West coast. However, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins are holding out hope Haren changes his mind and comes to camp when pitchers and catchers report on February 20.
Haren, 34, finished the 2014 season with a 4.02 ERA and a 145/36 K/BB ratio in 186 innings. Given his results over the past three seasons, the Marlins wouldn’t expect much performance-wise, but would value his ability to soak up innings. Haren has taken the hill at least 30 times in every season dating back to 2005.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.