KISSIMMEE, FLA. — Discussions over whether Jason Schmidt or Brad Penny is more deserving to occupy the No. 2 spot in the starting rotation behind Derek Lowe can cease, as least temporarily.
It's going to be Randy Wolf.
The left-hander about to begin his first season with the Dodgers is scheduled to start the second game of the season at Milwaukee on April 3. The rotation hasn't been announced by Manager Grady Little, but the order of the first four starters was confirmed by two highly placed sources.
Schmidt would start the third game, putting him on schedule to start the home opener April 9 against the Colorado Rockies. Penny would make his first start in the opener of a three-game series at San Francisco, then start at home against the Rockies, against whom he was 5-1 last season.
Because they have an off day April 5, the Dodgers won't need a fifth starter until the ninth game of the season. Brett Tomko, Mark Hendrickson, Chad Billingsley and Hong-Chih Kuo are the primary competitors for that role.