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Monday, February 24, 2014
Dan Haren is game to pitch Down Under

By Mark Saxon

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers are considering holding Clayton Kershaw back until the team returns from Australia and Zack Greinke made his opinion of pitching Down Under fairly clear this week, so how do the other Dodgers starting pitchers feel about opening their season across the Pacific?

One scenario the team has discussed is using Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dan Haren, the Nos. 3 and 4 starters, for those two games.

Haren said he hasn’t heard one way or the other whether he’ll pitch in Australia. He’ll be ready if they ask. But how does he feel about it?

“Look, it’s a long trip for us. Going over there, it’s going to be tough, but we have to think of the games, they’re real regular-season games so we have to turn the switch on," Haren said. "In regards to the actual trip, it’s going to be a lot to handle, especially for the starting pitchers.

“But, I mean, are we really complaining about flying on a chartered plane, staying in a hotel, all-expense-paid? I don’t want to be complaining about it.”