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Dodgers News: Bauer Trashes New MLB Policy, Brusdar Graterol to Start Year on IL, Jimmy Nelson Makes the Team, and More!

All of the news surrounding your Los Angeles Dodgers this week.



Welp, we have finally arrived Dodgers fans. After a long wait since Julio Urias threw that last pitch in the 2020 World Series, Opening Day is upon us. A long Spring Training is coming to an end as the boys head out to Colorado this week. 

With that, let’s dive into some of the biggest news surrounding your Los Angeles Dodgers this past week! 

The Dodgers and Dave Roberts appear to have made a decision on Joe Kelly and Brusdar Graterol. The two relievers had fallen way behind in Spring Training for their own reasons. Doc confirmed this week that both of them would start the year on the Injured List to make room for healthy arms. 

Dodgers News: Brusdar Graterol and Joe Kelly to Open Season on Injured List

Speaking of roster spots, Doc still has 2 more to get figured out. He revealed to media that he is deciding between a bench spot and a final bullpen spot before they can get to Opening Day and kick off the year. 

Dodgers Deciding On Last Bench Spot and Final Bullpen Piece for Opening Day

One of those bullpens pieces will be Jimmy Nelson. After being added to the Dodgers 40-man roster, Dave Roberts said that Nelson will not start the year in the rotation. Instead, he will be an early relief option to start 2021. 

Dodgers: Jimmy Nelson to Start the Year in the Bullpen

Trevor Bauer has been going head-to-head with MLB for a long time. In the short time he has been with Los Angeles, Bauer has already publicly blasted them twice. Once for uniform rules and move recently their stance on the foreign substance plaguing bug league pitching. 

Dodgers: Trevor Bauer Blasts MLB’s Foreign Substance Policy For Pitchers

Speaking of Bauer, Seattle manager Scott Servais might have a beef with him. Servais made fun of Bauer’s response when asked about getting hit hard by the Mariners in the last inning of his outing against them. Bauer has not commented on Servais’ response to him as of yet, but we can’t wait. 

Dodgers: Seattle Manager Throws a Shot at Trevor Bauer’s Comments

Dodgers fans are slightly worried about their closing situation with the way things have played out with Kenley Jansen in recent years. One MLB expert took that to the next level, predicting that Kenley would lose his closing job at some point in 2021. 

Dodgers: MLB Analyst Predicts Kenley Jansen Will Lose Closer Role to Surprising Replacement

Another MLB expert didn’t have kind things to say about Trevor Bauer. One writer from The Athletic predicted that the reigning Cy Young award winner would have a VERY down year in 2021 fresh off of a huge contract. 

Dodgers: MLB Analyst Predicts a Very Down Season for Trevor Bauer

And finally, the Dodgers announced the new policy and procedures for returning to the ballpark in 2021. Among many things, fans will need to wear masks and cannot bring bags into Chavez Ravine.

Dodgers Announce Policies For Attendance at Dodger Stadium

All of that news and so much more surrounding your defending World Series champions. Be sure to stay with us all season long as we keep you up-to-date with the latest on your Los Angeles Dodgers. 

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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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