The week began with the Los Angeles Dodgers highly anticipated 30-man travel roster to Australia being revealed shortly after the team finished their last Spring Training game. Carl Crawford’s name was left off the roster as he stayed back in Arizona to wait for the birth of his third child. Other notables left off the roster were Zack Greinke, Matt Kemp, Dan Haren and Josh Beckett who are all recovering from individual injuries. Top prospects Zach Lee and Joc Pederson were included on the roster.
Kemp is definitely making improvements and seems to be close to a comeback. He’s participated in minor league games and while the results might not exactly be there, he’s pleased with how his ankle is feeling.
This spring, fans wondered who the Dodgers second baseman would be going into their Opening Series. Despite the talk of Dee Gordon as the front-runner for the position, Justin Turner was named the starter for Game 1 against Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley. Turner had strong outings this spring and proved that he was a versatile defender as well. He figures to be apart of a platoon with Gordon while Alex Guerrero will start the season in the minor leagues to get more seasoning.
Check out the biggest stories of the week below:
Champion Broadband now carries SportsNet LA
Justin Turner is the starting second baseman for opening day
Crawford and Kemp continue to make progress
Scott Van Slyke will likely start in left field on Opening Day
Crawford leaves minor league game with shoulder injury
Kemp feels close to returning after minor league game
Turner and Figgins are happy to be Dodgers
Dodgers announced their 30-man roster for Australia
Turner’s contract was purchased while Arruebarrena was optioned
Miguel Olivo asks to be released after minor league offer
ICYMI: Yasiel Puig talked about adjusting life in the United States