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Dodgers' Keibert Ruiz: Arrives at camp
Ruiz (not injury related) has arrived in Arizona and is undergoing intake testing, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Ruiz wasn't present to begin spring training due to visa issues, but he'll be able to join the team for workouts in the coming days if he clears intake testing. The 22-year-old worked hard on his own to stay in shape while he was away from the team, and manager Dave Roberts said that he hopes to get Ruiz into game action at some point next week.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Brandon Morrow: Not likely to pitch in spring games
Morrow is unlikely to pitch in Cactus League games this spring, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Morrow is healthy to begin spring training after he dealt with elbow injuries over the past two seasons. He's serving as a non-roster invitee with the Dodgers this year, but manager Dave Roberts said Saturday that he's not likely to see game action this spring since he needs to build up arm strength after his lengthy layoff. The right-hander hasn't appeared in a game in 2018 but is expected to be built up as a "leverage reliever" during spring training.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Tosses bullpen session Friday
Kelly (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Friday and is progressing through his throwing program, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Kelly has started slowly this spring due to a bout of soreness and an unspecified illness, but he appears to be working his way back in shape. The Dodgers expect the right-hander to be ready for Opening Day, and he figures to be a key cog in the team's bullpen as long as he stays healthy.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: Solid in first spring start
Kershaw completed two scoreless innings in a Cactus League contest against Kansas City on Friday, allowing two hits and striking out two.
Kershaw allowed a double to Whit Merrifield in the first inning and another to Michael Taylor in the second, but he otherwise clamped down and extended his spring scoreless streak to 30 innings dating back to 2017. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Kershaw threw his fastball at 89-90 mph in the outing -- a touch below his average velocity last season, but not a major concern given the nature of the exhibition contest. Kershaw enters his 14th big-league season as the Dodgers' presumed ace despite the quality of arms that surround him in the team's starting rotation.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Next spring outing pushed back
Jansen won't appear in a game for at least a few days after he felt uncomfortable with his mechanics during a live batting practice session Thursday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Jansen looked great in his spring debut Monday, retiring all three batters he faced -- two by strikeout -- on only nine pitches. There's no indication that the right-hander's issues while throwing to teammates Thursday has anything to do with an injury, so it sounds like the team is simply giving Jansen a few days to get right before he returns to game action. Though his numbers have fallen a bit over the past few seasons, he'll enter the campaign as the Dodgers' Opening Day closer once again.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Brusdar Graterol: Mound work coming soon
Graterol is on track to throw off a mound for the first time this spring within the next few days, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Manager Dave Roberts explained Friday that Graterol wasn't able to pitch regularly in Venezuela over the winter, which explains why the Dodgers have held him back in his throwing program thus far. Graterol is expected to play a key high-leverage role in the team's bullpen this season, so the hope is that he'll still have time to properly ramp up before Opening Day.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Anticipates more time at second
Taylor said Thursday that he may play more often at second base this season due to the departure of Enrique Hernandez, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
Taylor tallied 13 games at second base last season, making it his third-most-played position behind shortstop (20 games) and left field (19 games). Hernandez, by contrast, collected 30 games at second base in 2020, so those appearances will need to be absorbed by other players now that he's moved on to Boston. Taylor figures to be in the mix to see ample time there, though Gavin Lux -- who is considered the Dodgers' second baseman of the future -- has been mentioned as a potential everyday starter this season, per Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Jimmy Nelson: Flashes fastball-slider combo
Nelson worked effectively with his fastball and slider Thursday against the Cubs, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Nelson was sitting between 94 and 96 miles per hour with his fastball and also generated at least one whiff with his slider. After missing the entire 2020 campaign while recovering from back surgery, Nelson is back to full health and has a chance to win the fifth slot in the Dodgers' rotation. While it doesn't seem likely that Nelson will be able to hold a rotation spot all season long due to the team's depth, it's nevertheless a positive that he's been relatively sharp early on this spring.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' David Price: Headed toward game action
Price threw live batting practice Wednesday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Price will also reportedly throw a bullpen session within the next couple days prior to taking the mound for spring training action early next week. His last live game action came during the 2019 season; however, everything appears on track for Price to begin the 2021 season in the Dodgers' rotation.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Cody Bellinger: Ramping up activity
Bellinger (shoulder) is participating in all defensive drills and hitting on the field, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Manager Dave Roberts described Bellinger as "progressing very well." Roberts also reiterated that Bellinger should be ready for Opening Day. It's encouraging that Bellinger has begun to ramp up his baseball activities, with past reports suggesting he could participate in exhibition games by mid-March.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Gavin Lux: Regular role on tap
Manager Dave Roberts said Lux will play regularly this season, and the team isn't "too concerned" with him facing left-handed pitching, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The 23-year-old appeared to be in line for the starting spot at the keystone in 2020, but he didn't make the Opening Day roster and ended up with a .595 OPS in only 69 plate appearances. The offseason departures of Enrique Hernandez and Joc Pederson opened up significant playing time in Los Angeles, and if Roberts' comments are any indication, Lux will have the chance to earn the starting job at second base to open 2021. Early success against left-handers could keep him in an everyday role rather than being limited to the strong side of a platoon.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: Set for Friday debut
Kershaw will start Friday's Cactus League contest against Kansas City and is scheduled to throw two innings, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The future Hall of Famer will get his first opportunity to face opposing batters in 2021 during Friday's exhibition game. Though fellow fantasy studs Walker Buehler and Trevor Bauer have already made their spring debuts, Kershaw remains the odds-on favorite to get the ball on Opening Day against Colorado.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Starting Wednesday
Taylor (neck) is starting Wednesday's spring game against the Reds, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
Taylor was slowed by a stiff neck to begin spring training, but he'll lead off during his Cactus League debut Wednesday. The 30-year-old will have just under a month to prepare for Opening Day.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' DJ Peters: Getting reps at first base
Peters has been working at first base during spring camp, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
Peters explained that he started practicing at the position during his time in the bubble with the Dodgers last season. Though there's no indication that the team is looking for him to switch positions, adding first base to his repertoire at least gives Peters more versatility in anticipation of his first call-up to the majors, which could come this season.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Trevor Bauer: Breezes in Dodgers debut
Bauer tossed two scoreless innings against Colorado in his exhibition debut Monday, allowing no runs on one hit and striking out two.
Bauer gave up a first-inning leadoff single to Garrett Hampson but proceeded to retire the next six batters, including two by strikeout. He threw 28 pitches -- 21 of which were strikes -- in his two innings of work. Bauer will occupy a spot near the front of the Dodgers' rotation this season, though manager Dave Roberts suggested that it's too early to nail down the preferred pitching order, per Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Matt Davidson: Expects to pitch in exhibition game
Davidson threw a bullpen session recently and believes he'll pitch in a Cactus League game during spring training, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Davidson has tossed 6.1 innings as a major leaguer, allowing two earned runs and notching a 3:3 K:BB. He remains a long shot to break camp with the Dodgers, but his ability to pitch gives him a bit of a boost in his quest to make the club. If he does log time on the major-league roster this season, Davidson will likely function primarily as a bench bat, though he could potentially see some mop-up duty on the mound.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Viewed as option 1A behind plate
Barnes' role with the Dodgers this season is expected to lean more toward a timeshare than a traditional backup situation, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Manager Dave Roberts suggested that both Barnes and Will Smith will play important roles behind the plate for the club this season, though he wasn't precise about how their playing time will shake out. "If you look at timeshare, I guess [Barnes is] a backup, but I don't see it as such," Roberts said. "I think it's a 1 and 1A. They're both very valuable, and I think that we've done a good job of using both of them and exploiting strengths and things to help us win baseball games." While Smith is clearly the more talented offensive performer, Barnes' ability to handle the pitching staff has allowed him to carve out a fair amount of playing time. The Dodgers often deployed Barnes behind the dish while slotting Smith at DH during the playoffs last season, but with the designated hitter out of the National League for 2021, that scenario is no longer an option. Smith is still expected to get the majority of the starts for Los Angeles, but he may not handle as large of a workload behind the plate as most everyday catchers.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Will Smith: May share duties behind plate
Smith is expected to pair with Austin Barnes in a timeshare at catcher for the Dodgers this season, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Though Smith is considerably more explosive offensively than Barnes -- the former slashed .289/.401/.579 with eight homers last season, while the latter put up a .244/.353/.314 line with only one long ball -- the Dodgers value Barnes' defense to such a degree that they played him over Smith behind the dish frequently during their postseason run in 2020. In that scenario, Smith was able to shift over to designated hitter, but with the DH not expected to be utilized in the National League this season, he's not going to see as many at-bats as your typical starting catcher. "If you look at timeshare, I guess [Barnes is] a backup, but I don't see it as such," manager Dave Roberts said Sunday. "I think it's a 1 and 1A. They're both very valuable, and I think that we've done a good job of using both of them and exploiting strengths and things to help us win baseball games." That doesn't make it clear exactly how playing time will be divided between the two, and Smith is productive enough to be a valuable fantasy contributor even if he's out of the lineup a few days per week, but the situation bears watching early in the campaign to get a sense of how things will shake out.... See More ... See Less
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