Pedro Baez remained one of the most frustrating players in baseball with his 2016 campaign, especially for believers in his ability to hold down a late-inning role and Dodger fans hoping to get home before midnight. On the surface, a season of 74 innings, a 3.04 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 83 strikeouts is excellent. He had stretches where he was nearly unhittable, easily breezing high-90s fastballs past hitters. But then, the wheels would come off. His game slowed down to the point of registering the slowest pitching pace in baseball (min. 50 innings) and he seemed incapable of throwing quality strikes at times. Things eventually got bad enough that the Dodgers optioned him to Double-A Tulsa, but he turned it around there and posted a scoreless September after returning to the majors. Baez could be next in line to take over at closer if Kenley Jansen is hurt, but he is an extremely volatile asset.
Baez (thumb) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday, before throwing again on Sunday, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports. Depending on how Friday's session unravels, Sunday will feature either live BP or another bullpen. Baez has been slowly progressing from a bruised thumb suffered at the beginning of camp and has yet to actually play in a game this spring - though the Dodgers have been cautious in bringing him back into action. Even so, Baez's status for Opening Day is certainly in question if he doesn't show progress within the coming week.
Baez (thumb) is scheduled to throw another bullpen session on Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Baez has been dealing with a thumb injury for the majority of camp, which has kept him from pitching in a live game. Tuesday will mark his second bullpen in three days, which is good news; he attempted to return a couple of weeks ago, but was again shut down after experiencing pain in his thumb. If all goes well Tuesday, he'll move one step closer to live game action, though his status for Opening Day remains questionable due to his lack of work. When the 29-year-old returns, he should continue to serve as an important piece of the Dodgers' bullpen, although his role could be reduced with the emergence of Grant Dayton and the signing of Sergio Romo.
Baez (thumb) is expected to play catch from 60-90 feet Friday, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports. This is a positive development for Baez, who was hit on the thumb during a live batting practice session early in camp. He will need to advance to bullpen work before ultimately making his exhibition debut. Baez should continue to serve as important piece in the bridge to Kenley Jansen, but he may be lower in the pecking order with the emergence of Grant Dayton and the signing of Sergio Romo.
Manager Dave Roberts said he is still uncertain about the return date for Baez (thumb), Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Baez was struck in the hand during batting practice in late February and hasn't been able to return since, experiencing discomfort nearly two weeks after the incident. He went for more tests over the weekend, but nothing new has come to light from them. The Dodgers have taken a cautious approach with many of their big names this spring, so this isn't entirely surprising, but it's still a little concerning given the persistence of the issue and the fact that it is on his throwing hand.
Baez (thumb) is set to undergo more tests on his right hand and will again be shut down at spring camp, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Baez was struck in the hand during batting practice in late February and has received multiple clean X-ray results since. Despite the encouraging scans, it sounds like the pain in his throwing hand persists, and the team has elected to take the cautious route and shut down its top setup man for now. We'll wait to see if more news becomes available with the results of his upcoming tests.