Jon Garland, after an off-Chavez Ravine preview in San Bernardino, makes his 2011 Dodger Stadium premiere tonight, taking the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals in the second game of a four-game series. Garland returns to the Dodgers after spending 2010 with the San Diego Padres. Kyle Lohse starts for the Redbirds.
Garland missed a start because he was on the disabled-list for the first time in his career when he rehabbed five days ago. Because he has been so durable, he is one of only five pitchers to post double-digits wins over each of the past nine years, amassed the eight-highest win total over that same time frame. (Halladay, Sabathia, Lowe, Oswalt, Santana, Buehrle and Pettitte are the names ahead of him.)
- Tonight is Jackie Robinson night. All players for both teams will wear the otherwise retired number 42. The Dodgers are undefeated (6-0) in such games.
- Dodger prospect Trayvon Robinson was also part of the visit to Crenshaw High School, his alma mater, for the Dodgers panel discussion on Jackie Robinson.
- Andre Ethier has the second-longest current hitting streak in the majors at 11 games. Only Jose Reyes, with a 12-game run, has a longer one going.
- Jamie Hoffmann was optioned to Albuquerque to make room for Garland on the roster.
- Matt Kemp's major league leading active consecutive game streak stands at 217.
- Don Mattingly said that if Vicente Padilla recovers well from back-to-back bullpens, the next step would be a rehab assignment.
- The manager also reported that Dioner Navarro has been catching and hitting left-handed, and that it is possible that he would have a reahb stint in the Southern League while the big club travels to Maimi for a series that starts April 25.
- Lohse is six strikeouts shy of 1,000 for his career.
Game Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket