For Josh Lindblom and Justin Sellers, they were both excited after hearing the news Tuesday night that they made the opening day roster. Sellers he was a bundle of nerves before hearing the news.
"Oh my God, he was excited. He was scared to death," manager Don Mattingly said. Trey [Hillman, bench coach] said when he was waiting to get in, Sellers was shaking."
Lindblom played it cool, but still felt a little anxiety about the decision. "Even though it was out of my control, I'd be lying to you if I said it wasn't weighing on me a little bit," Lindblom said.
"It's emotional for them. These guys are fighting to get here," Mattingly said. "When it gets down to those guys fighting for that last spot knowing it's them or somebody else, it's a wild time for them."
A.J. Ellis was hit by a pitch in the elbow in Tuesday night's game, but the catcher is okay today. Ellis left the game for a pinch runner after getting hit, but Mattingly said the pitch "hit more meat than bone" and that Ellis kept his arm on ice for most of the night, which kept the swelling down.
"He's okay. He said it was better than he thought he was going to be," Mattingly said of Ellis.
Most of the Dodgers regulars are off today, with their season opener Thursday in San Diego. Nathan Eovaldi gets the start for the Dodgers, and will be followed on the mound by a bevy of minor leaguers as the entire major league bullpen has the day off.
C.J. Wilson starts on the mound for the Angels, who have essentially a regular lineup today with an off day coming Thursday.
Game Time: 12:10 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports West (Angels broadcast)
Radio: KLAC 570 AM