The Dodgers pitchers and catchers (alongside a few others) reported to Camelback Ranch on Wednesday. The first spring training game against the Chicago White Sox is a mere six days away.
Here are some important notes from the first five days of camp, as the rest of the position players report Monday morning.
- Numerous Dodgers, including Justin Turner and Corey Seager, reported to camp early.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) February 15, 2017
- Willie Calhoun, the Dodgers top second base prospect, was among them. He said he wants to play at Chavez Ravine this season.
— Ballengee Group (@BallengeeGroup) February 19, 2017
- Hyun-Jin Ryu is healthy and his fastball currently sits in the mid-80s. His goal is to earn a spot in the rotation.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) February 19, 2017
- Kenta Maeda, meanwhile, added 10 pounds.
- Despite great depth, Dave Roberts said he will not consider an expanded rotation.
- Clayton Kershaw was named the Opening Day starter, his seventh straight nod.
Clayton Kershaw's 0.93 ERA in 6 Opening Day starts 2d-lowest for any pitcher who has made at least 5 OD starts since 1920 (Rick Mahler 0.92)
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) February 18, 2017
- Yasmani Grandal is slimmed down, but he said it won’t impact his power.
- Jose Miguel Fernandez is officially a Dodger. He’ll wear No. 87 in camp.
Jose Miguel Fernandez has a locker in Dodgers camp. Will wear No. 87 once he is here. Will be the 23rd non-roster invitee in camp
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) February 17, 2017
- The Dodgers dealt Vidal Nuno, acquired in the Carlos Ruiz November trade, to Baltimore for a minor league pitcher Ryan Moseley on Sunday.
- That trade, along with releasing Darin Ruf, opened 40-man spots for Chase Utley and Franklin Gutierrez.
- Speaking of Utley, he could see more time at first base this season.
The Dodgers plan to give Chase Utley some run at first base this spring.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) February 17, 2017
- The Dodgers may need Utley at that spot if Adrian Gonzalez’s injury persists. He’s been shut down for two weeks with elbow pain.
- Roberts said he sees Yasiel Puig as one of baseball’s elite right fielders.
Roberts said there might not be a better RF in the game than Puig. The club wants him to play every day, if the performance deserves it.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) February 15, 2017