So now what becomes of Aaron Harang?
It’s the same question Chris Capuano pondered Monday after throwing seven scoreless innings against Cleveland Indians minor leaguers.
The exhibition season is down to its final four days and the Dodgers still have those eight starting pitchers.
Harang started Tuesday, and after initially looking like he wasn’t interested in auditioning for any team, recovered to pitch well enough to keep his name in the conversation during the Dodgers’ 7-6 loss to the Rockies in their final game this spring at Camelback Ranch.
He started Tuesday off by walking his first three batters and giving up a grand slam to Michael Cuddyer. It almost had to get better after that, and it did. Harang allowed one other run on three more hits and a walk in his 5 1/3 innings, striking out five.
But even if Ted Lilly starts the season on the disabled list, the Dodgers still have two extra starters heading into spring’s final days. Harang or Capuano could now head to the bullpen, or the Dodgers could trade at least one before the opener on Monday.