Generally speaking, the first two weeks of Spring Training are meant to get guys back into their groove. After a long offseason, pitchers, in particular, need a bit of a runway to get back to 100 percent by Opening Day. That has not been true for every Dodgers player though.
On Wednesday afternoon, Dave Roberts made a few eyeballs pop when he mentioned Dustin May. The Dodgers manager had said that he heard that May had hit 101 mph on the gun in one of his bullpen sessions.
Dustin May touched 101 mph today, per Dave Roberts.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) February 24, 2021
Hitting 101 mph is not unusual for Dustin May, but doing it just 2 weeks into Spring Training is wild. May averaged close to 98 mph on his fastball in 2020 and was no stranger to hitting triple digits. But even the Dodgers could not have anticipated him coming into camp this ready.
If May is looking for an edge to get into the Dodgers rotation, hitting triple digits in the first two weeks is a great way to do it.
Dodgers Health Updates
Dave Roberts also gave some insight on a few arms that have lingered so far this Spring Training. Joe Kelly was down with soreness, but is back up and throwing at over 90 feet. Roberts said that he is progressing and is on track where the Dodgers would like him to be.
For prospect Mitch White, he has yet to pick up a baseball and start throwing this spring. The Dodgers have said that he is experiencing some soreness, though they have not specified the severity or location. Roberts could not provide an anticipated timeline on his throwing progression quite yet.
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