Dodgers: Dave Roberts Comments on Pedro Baez’ Absence From Camp

The Dodgers have had a few guys mysteriously absent from Summer Camp without any explanation. Manager Dave Roberts had previously declined to comment on several players’ status, though Kenley Jansen revealed Sunday that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Pedro Baez was one of the names that had popped up over the last couple of days, and Roberts was asked about it Sunday. The Dodgers are still not able to address why he is absent from camp, but Doc had this to say. 

I talked to Pedro yesterday and he was in good spirits. I do expect him back sometime soon. I asked him how he was, he just says physically everything he feels great he just wants to get back to playing and get back here. So I’m very confident that once he does get here, we can get him facing hitters and he’ll be ready to go. 

The Dodgers have decided not to release the names of players who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus out of respect for privacy. However, it does make it difficult to determine why a player is not in camp. Whatever the reason, we are happy that Pedro is feeling well and will be making a return. 

As of now, the Dodgers have plenty of guys in the bullpen that can get the job done. Kenley Jansen is expected to be ready to go by Opening Day, and Joe Kelly has impressed early on. Add in an electric Dustin May and you could possibly have one of the most dominant bullpens in baseball. That is of course assuming that everyone is healthy. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.


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  1. Kenley coming back from having Covid-19 is a real big boost to the fans and to those who might be ill. It shows that a whole family can recover. They are proof. Happy Kenley is back and his family is on the mend!

  2. Do not forget about the potential of Graterol or the possibility that Treinen finds his groove. The Dodgers made some significant moves to stock the bullpen and with both Jansen and Kelly getting their mechanics revisited they should be more effective. If Kelly can now throw his 4 seamer effectively then he is lights out one of the best in the game.
    Its going to be a short but interesting 60 games with every game being important.
    I am very curious to see if Smith can hit for average and power. Watching the Spring games Rios has been impressive he has good power. Does Gavin Lux show he can hit to hold 2nd base? I am a huge Seager fan and as this is his first injury free season in awhile I believe he will show his true potential. Lots of intriguing players to watch.
    Very happy they have the DH. It takes a lot of decision making away from Roberts who has shown he cannot manage pitchers in crunch time.

  3. Whenever Dave Roberts goes out to the mound, I cringe. I cannot wait until Chase Utley becomes the Dodgers manager.

    • That’s an intriguing comment. Let’s speculate on others that could be Dodger coaches or managers in the future;
      JT, Stripling, Russell Martin,hmm, I know I’m leaving out some obvious names.

    • Chase would be a great manager. Not sure he wants to do that as long as his kids are young. Once these guys retire, get media jobs and are able to spend time with their families they’re not as eager to get back into the grind with all the traveling, etc. Would be surprised to see him get into managing any time soon.

  4. Plenty of guys who can get the job done? I think we’ve seen that is not the case. Mediocre, at best.

  5. Texas Sports Fan, you make it sound like no former players would want to manage unless they didn’t have kids. Obviously many of them do, so why not Chase?

    • I’m just judging by the comments he’s made since retiring. Not everyone is the same & I didn’t mean to imply that they were. Didn’t say he would never be interested in managing, but he’s in a good place right now. Not everyone is.

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