LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers scratched Clayton Kershaw from a start for the second time in three days, announcing a few hours before Friday's game against the Angels that Zack Greinke would pitch the opener of the three-game weekend Freeway Series.
Kershaw last pitched on July 23 in New York, striking out 11 in a 3-0 shutout of the Mets, extending his scoreless inning streak to 29. But he felt hip soreness in a bullpen session following that start and was scratched from his scheduled Wednesday start against the A's.
"If he's not 100 percent Friday, we won't start him," manager Don Mattingly said on Wednesday.
Something appeared amiss when the routine-oriented Kershaw on Friday was seen running in the outfield, then doing dry work in the bullpen and throwing in the outfield, something he doesn't do this early on days he starts.
Greinke last pitched on Sunday, so he will be on regular rest against the Angels. In four July starts, Greinke is 3-0 with a 0.60 ERA, with 26 strikeouts and four walks in 30 innings.