The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the home stretch of Spring Training, with their final game coming on Sunday against the Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers’ last week of preparation for the regular season has been a story of mixed results. Aside from poor performances down the stretch, the Dodgers have their Opening Series starters, but otherwise aren’t exactly in the best health.
Manager Don Mattingly tabbed Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu as his two starters for the series in Australia with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kershaw and Ryu have managed to stay healthy while the same can’t be said for other pitchers. Dan Haren said his arm felt tired following his start on Tuesday and Josh Beckett took the mound on Friday with an apparent sprained right thumb. Beckett pitched three innings before being pulled early with what the team called a thumb contusion.
It wasn’t all bad news for the Dodgers however, as Matt Kemp continues to get closer to making his debut. The center fielder played in two intrasquad games, which included him playing in the outfield for the first time since his off-season ankle surgery. Zack Greinke also returned to game action during the week and isn’t showing signs of being limited by his strained calf. Greinke did show some rust in his first start back but should be back on track come the regular season.
Here are the biggest stories from the past week:
Don Mattingly comments on Puig’s disappointing spring.
Carl Crawford may miss trip to Australia for the birth of his child.
Manny Ramirez reflects on his 2009 positive drug test.
Matt Kemp plays in his second intrasquad game.
Erisbel Arruebarrena joins camp and is excited to start.
Zack Greinke assesses his first start back from right calf strain.
Matt Kemp plays centerfield in an intrasquad game.
Time Warner Cable CEO expects last-minute negotiations with other cable providers.
Paco Rodriguez fixed his mechanics that plagued him in 2013.
Dan Haren has a tired arm and isn’t a lock to make trip to Australia.
Clayton Kershaw is ready and honored to start in Australia.
Alex Guerrero is unlikely to be the starter at second base.
Manager Don Mattingly says Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu will start in Australia.
ICYMI: Julio Urias talked to the media after his first start this afternoon