The Los Angeles Dodgers always like to keep things interesting. The team announced on Thursday some moves that sent some interesting names to minor league camp.
This tweet was later followed by:
#Dodgers have also reassigned Jose De Leon, Julio Urias and Jack Murphy to minor-league camp.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 17, 2016
Another round of cuts was bound to happen. These moves send seven players down to the minor leagues, but maybe it’s a blessing in disguise.
In other news, the Dodgers seem to have dodged serious bullets. First news came down that second baseman Chase Utley wouldn’t be suspended, and now the Dodgers need not to worry about right fielder Yasiel Puig.
Following an investigation by the MLB into an incident involving Puig and his sister the MLB has decided not to pursue a suspension.
In accordance to the new domestic violence policy in the MLB Puig will not be suspended, and L.A. Times writer Bill Shaikin writes:
“Players can be required to submit to counseling, for instance, but any discipline beyond a suspension is not publicly announced.”
For now Puig is in the clear and seems to be thankful about it posting a message on his Instagram account.
Unclear if it was in reference to the league’s ruling, but it’s a safe guess.
Team chemistry is everything, so Puig not missing any games is always a plus. However injuries have been plaguing the Dodgers lately.
First it was third baseman Justin Turner, unfortunately followed by second baseman Howie Kendrick and shortstop Corey Seager to name a few.
News came in earlier this week regarding Seager potentially starting the season on the DL. Manager Dave Roberts spoke on what Seager’s absence does to the Dodgers infield during an interview with L.A. Times writer Andy Mccullough and other members of the media.
“It sets him back in the sense of the chemistry working with the other middle infielders and being out there, having his legs under him for a couple of weeks,” said Roberts. “Priority No. 1 is to get him back healthy, get his knee strong.”
It seems Roberts has a way of keeping the Dodgers boat steady as the team prepares for the season. This prompted our twitter question of the week.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) March 15, 2016
So far so good. Fans seem to be approving of what Roberts is doing so far with the team, despite it being so early.
@DodgersNation I think they look good. It's the injuries that bother me.
— Glenn The Old Biker (@Oldbikerfirst) March 15, 2016
For some fans the jury is still out on Roberts.
@DodgersNation Can't really judge in Spring Training where your main objective is to get the players ready for the regular season.
— unlazy4sports (@unlazy4sports) March 15, 2016
Fans will get their answers soon enough since Opening Day is just around the corner.
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