PEORIA, Ariz. -- While most eyes will be on Will Ferrell, tonight in Peoria has some baseball story lines as well, with Hyun-Jin Ryu making his 2015 Cactus League debut on the mound and the Dodgers facing Matt Kemp for the first time since trading the outfielder to the Padres in December.
Ryu is expected to go two innings in his first of five spring starts.
Ferrell isn't expected to arrive in Peoria until the sixth inning or so. He will pitch for the Dodgers, play right field for the Padres, and even umpire part of the game in his fifth of five Cactus League parks. But don't expect his time on the mound to be long.
"I don't plan on getting any outs with him," manager Don Mattingly said.
Other pitchers besides Ferrell and Ryu for the Dodgers who made the trip are Adam Liberatore, Ryan Buchter, Mike Bolsinger, Chad Gaudin, Sergio Santos, Josh Ravin and Daniel Coulombe.
Bolsinger is on a starter's program and might normally pitch two innings but with so many pitchers making the trip he might only pitch one inning instead.
"We're running out of innings to get guys their work," Mattingly said.
With minor league camp opening on Saturday, a few roster moves might be coming to alleviate that innings crunch.
Scheduled reserves for the Dodgers include Corey Seager at shortstop, Scott Van Slyke in left field, Scott Schebler in right field, Kyle Jensen at first base, Darnell Sweeney at second base, Chris Heisey in center field, Darwin Barney at third base, and Austin Barnes at catcher.
James Shields starts on the mound for the Padres.
J.P. Howell played catch on Thursday, continuing to progress from tightness in his groin.
Joel Peralta, slowed by shoulder discomfort earlier in camp, will pitch again this weekend, Mattingly said. Though we don't know yet whether that will be a second live batting practice outing on the back fields or in a Cactus League game.
Mike Adams threw live BP on Wednesday and remains on track to possibly pitch in a game this weekend.