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.