As the Opening Series in Australia draws closer, the Los Angeles Dodgers played to three ties with two wins and two losses this week heading into Saturday night’s game with the Seattle Mariners. However this week, much of the news was centered around Zack Greinke and Matt Kemp recovering from their injuries and Hanley Ramirez’s willingness to eventually slide over to third base.
Ramirez was unhappy when he was with the Florida Marlins in 2012 and they moved him to third following the signing of Jose Reyes. Now with the experience of playing third base for the the 2013 World Baseball Classic champions, Dominican Republic, Ramirez told the Orange County Register’s Bill Plunkett he would fine changing positions so long as it was permanent and he wasn’t shifted back and forth. Ramirez is entering the final year of his contract and he also said he wouldn’t demand that he play shortstop in order to re-sign with the Dodgers or with another team.
Greinke and Kemp both made significant progress on Saturday. Greinke was able to throw off the mound in a simulated game and Kemp, who was one of the batters Greinke faced, was said to be close to returning by manager Don Mattingly.
Here are the biggest stories from the past week:
Don Mattingly says Matt Kemp is close to returning.
Alex Guerrero will accept a spot in the minors.
Time Warner Cable deal will cost the Dodgers $1.9 billion.
Hanley Ramirez talks third base and free agency.
Orthopedic surgeon Frank Jobe passes away.
Yasiel Puig switches agents, signs with Wasserman group.
Brian Wilson is ready for the 2014 season.
Dish Network not likely to carry SportsNet LA.
Zack Greinke pretty much ruled out for Australia.
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