Dodgers' opener with Mets rained out

Dodgers' opener with Mets rained out

NEW YORK -- When the Dodgers-Mets game was rained out Monday and rescheduled as a twi-night doubleheader, Chad Billingsley suggested that knuckleballer Charlie Haeger start both games and the Dodgers could save Hiroki Kuroda for Wednesday's game.

"Sure. Why not?" said Haeger. "I'd be open to it. It'd be interesting to see."

Manager Joe Torre was told that Haeger was game.

"That doesn't surprise me," said manager Joe Torre, who shook his head and instead pushed back Kuroda, Monday's scheduled starter, for the first game Tuesday, with Haeger pitching as scheduled in the nightcap.

Torre still wouldn't announce a pitcher for Wednesday. Candidates to take the start of injured right-hander Vicente Padilla include Double-A right-hander Jesus Castillo (who would be on a regular five-day rotation), Triple-A right-hander Josh Towers (listed to start Tuesday morning for Albuquerque) and Triple-A left-hander Scott Elbert (who left the team for the birth of his child).

Tuesday's doubleheader was necessitated by this being Los Angeles' only trip to New York this year. It will be the Dodgers' first doubleheader since they were swept Sept. 18, 2007, in a day/night affair in Colorado, part of a made-up rainout from earlier that year.

"We're playing two seven-inning games tomorrow," Matt Kemp joked.

"This isn't the Minor Leagues," Garret Anderson told him.

Kuroda played catch in the covered Dodgers bullpen.

"I didn't want to start the game tomorrow without throwing tonight to get my arm loose," said Kuroda. "I wanted to throw on flat ground, but the only place to stay dry was off the bullpen mound. I just played catch."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.