SAN DIEGO -- Not a bad couple of days for a guy who wasnt even supposed to be on the Dodgers' roster.
But Ted Lilly is lost to a stiff neck to start the season, and on the final day they can add a reliever to the team, they tell Josh Lindblom hell be on the opening-day roster.
Then opening day arrives Thursday, Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw is sick and can go only three innings, and the call goes to Lindblom. Who throws two scoreless innings and picks up the victory.
Its been an awesome 48 hours, the 24-year-old Lindblom said. I couldnt even imagine making my first opening-day roster. And now having that win on opening day and being able to pitch and a part of all of this. Its a special, special experience Ill remember for the rest of my life.
Kershaw was fighting flu prior to the game, but was determined to start.
After warming up, I honestly didnt expect him to go out there and start, said catcherA.J. Ellis. That just shows his character.
The team all knew what Kershaw was...