Mattingly confident 'pen will rise to challenge

Mattingly confident 'pen will rise to challenge

SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he's comfortable with the makeup of his bullpen, even though most of the relievers he's counting on had rocky springs.

Closer Javy Guerra walked five in 7 2/3 innings. Kenley Jansen had a 5.00 ERA and allowed three homers in nine innings. Scott Elbert had a 4.15 ERA and walked five in 8 2/3 innings. Mike MacDougal had a 7.88 ERA with eight walks in eight innings. Todd Coffey had a 10.57 ERA with six walks in 7 2/3 innings.

"Well, [Clayton] Kershaw wasn't good last time out," Mattingly offered as a comparison. "Spring Training doesn't mean a whole lot to me, nothing until you show up here. Our guys have come in confident. The games will tell us where we are.

"I feel good about the bullpen. Everybody we bring out of the there comes with a good arm and gives us the flexibility for matchups."

The Dodgers open the season with eight relievers because starting pitcher Ted Lilly is on the disabled list, primarily to build up his pitch count after missing time with a stiff neck. Lilly had a bullpen session Thursday and is scheduled to make a rehab start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga Sunday.