In four days, the Dodgers will leave Camelback Ranch and return to Los Angeles. Across that 96-hour period, the team hopes to finalize the composition of its starting rotation. After spending all spring looking to fill two spots, Manager Dave Roberts insisted on Saturday morning that the competition remained open to Brandon McCarthy, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Alex Wood and Scott Kazmir.
McCarthy appears close to a lock to secure one of the two openings, but Roberts stopped short of committing to him. And while Kazmir appears unlikely to break camp with the club, he will be given an audition Sunday afternoon against Texas. McCarthy will pitch in a simulated game Sunday, too.
So Kazmir, despite a spring marred by discomfort with his body and his delivery, could crash the competition between Ryu and Wood for the final spot. Kazmir’s fastball was clocked at 87 mph during a minor league outing earlier this week.