Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw

Spring Training began on Thursday for the Los Angeles Dodgers as pitchers and catchers descended on Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. The day went off without a hitch as all expected players reported, with the exception of Kenley Jansen.

The Dodger closer is still recovering from surgery on his left foot, but will join his teammates this weekend. Along with pitchers and catchers reporting for camp, Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Yasiel Puig were among the position players to check in early.

Given the recent news of Jansen’s injury that will cause him to miss the next 8-12 weeks, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman was asked about the Dodgers’ plans in the meantime during his and manager Don Mattingly’s meeting with the media.

Here are the headlines that came out of the Dodgers’ first day in Spring Training:

With Jansen on the shelf, Mattingly will use his relievers based on matchups, not a designated closer

Friedman envisions a catching platoon of A.J. Ellis and Yasmani Grandal going well

Friedman said the Dodgers are engaged in trade talks with a focus on finding a relief pitcher

Yoan Moncada is expected to receive a large signing bonus and that could mean as much as $40 million from the Dodgers

Cole Hamels wants to be traded, and the Dodgers continue to refuse including their top prospects in any deal

It’s going to be a while until the Dodgers learn whether or not Zack Greinke will opt out of his contract

Ellis isn’t concerned over his role with the Dodgers in 2015

Clayton Kershaw avoids answering if he wants A.J. Ellis to be his personal catcher

Pederson and Seager were among the position players to report early

The Dodgers reportedly expressed an interest in reliever Joba Chamberlain

Puig got a head start on some early Spring Training fun (photos and video)

New attractions and amenities are coming to Camelback Ranch

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Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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