Why Darvish sud­denly turns into south­paw

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL - By Andy McCul­lough andy.mccul­lough@la­times.com Twit­ter: @McCul­lough Times

NEW YORK — Two days af­ter his Dodgers de­but, Yu Darvish ven­tured out­side to throw on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

There was only one catch: He was pitch­ing with his left hand.

The Dodgers ac­quired Darvish, in part, to serve as a right-handed com­ple­ment to the team’s left-handed start­ing trio of Clay­ton Ker­shaw, Rich Hill and Alex Wood.

But Darvish uses his am­bidex­ter­ity as part of his train­ing reg­i­men.

“He’s got a three-pitch mix,” man­ager Dave Roberts said. “He can re­ally do some things with the base­ball, left-handed. I heard some rum­blings about that. I’ve got to keep my eye on for that.”

Hideaki Sato, Darvish’s in­ter­preter, said Darvish of­ten throws from the left side in be­tween starts. Asked why, Sato smiled and said, “You have to ask him.”

Darvish will make his sec­ond start — pitch­ing as a right-han­der — for the Dodgers on Thurs­day against the Di­a­mond­backs.

Tweak for Wood

Af­ter ad­mit­ting to fa­tigue in his last start, Wood made a slight me­chan­i­cal ad­just­ment dur­ing his bullpen ses­sion on Sun­day af­ter­noon, tweak­ing the align­ment of his hips as he de­liv­ered the base­ball. The shift caused the life to re­turn to his fast­ball, he said. He de­scribed his stuff as “filthy” dur­ing the ses­sion.

“I opened my hips back up to­day, and it was re­ally, re­ally good,” Wood said.

Wood logged six in­nings of one-run base­ball last week against At­lanta. He plans to make his start Wed­nes­day in Ari­zona.

Gran­dal rests

Yas­mani Gran­dal re­ceived a day off in Sun­day’s series fi­nale as he re­cov­ered from an on­set of back spasms that caused him to leave the pre­vi­ous day’s game early.

Roberts said he ex­pected Gran­dal— who had “a lit­tle resid­ual sore­ness” — to be able to start be­hind the plate on Tues­day in Ari­zona.

Still no Gon­za­lez

Roberts does not ex­pect Adrian Gon­za­lez, who is play­ing on a re­hab as­sign­ment with triple-A Ok­la­homa City, to re­join the Dodgers this week.

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