ANAHEIM -- Speaking for the first time of his Sunday night start in San Diego, Hyun-Jin Ryu said it is a "privilege" to get the ball for what essentially is another Opening Day start, noting especially the honor of doing so while coming from Korea just one year ago.
And his troublesome big right toe has healed so well that he will not even be wearing any extra protection for it when he faces the Padres on national television.
"I'll be wearing a sock," he quipped.
Standing in shower sandals and with his right toe exposed while chatting with the media, a large, dark bruise was still evident under the pitcher's toe nail, but that was all. He did not have it wrapped, iced or anything else on Saturday afternoon, roughly 24 hours before the Dodgers' season gets going, again - this time in earnest.
"Everything was good yesterday," he said. "After my bullpen session, I barely felt any pain in my toe. I'm ready to go.
"If I had any doubt, I wouldn't have told Donnie [Mattingly] and the team that I could go tomorrow."
Ellis appreciates ground swell of support
ANAHEIM -- Catcher A.J. Ellis knew something was up during his sixth-inning at-bat Friday night. He just thought it was the Dodger Stadium fans rounding into midseason form.
"It felt like the crowd really came to life when I was at the plate," Ellis said Saturday afternoon. "I was like, 'I appreciate that. These guys are really into my at-bat.' "
But, alas, that was when a registered-magnitude 5.1 earthquake rolled through Chavez Ravine and shook Dodger Stadium. Though Ellis and many players didn't feel it on the field, those in the stands and press box knew what was going on.
Ellis said it wasn't until the media asked him about it afterward that he learned why the fans reacted the way they had.
"I watched the replay later and you could see the camera shaking," he said. "It was a really crazy moment. I was joking around about it. I never felt an earthquake before, and I guess I really diagnosed it."
• Josh Beckett will throw live batting practice on Monday's off-day at Petco Park in San Diego to continue building toward his first start of 2014. Matt Kemp, who is eligible to come off of the disabled list on April 4, is scheduled to be one of the hitters facing him.
• The Dodgers optioned right-hander Jose Dominguez to the Minor Leagues on Saturday.
• With Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list, the Dodgers anticipate re-opening the season Sunday with eight relievers in their bullpen.
• The Dodgers scheduled an early bus to San Diego on Saturday night that was to leave during the Freeway Series finale and deliver many players to their hotel in plenty of time to get some rest before Sunday night's series opener. Most regulars players were expected to get only one or two at-bats Saturday night before departing on the early bus.
Scott Miller is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.