The Dodgers are set to report earlier than usual this season because of their participation in the 2014 Opening Series in Sydney, Australia. They will take on the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 22-23 to start the MLB season.
According to the official DodgersPR Twitter account, the report and workout dates have been announced:
-Pitchers and Catchers Report: 2/8 -First Pitchers and Catchers Workout: 2/9 -Position Players Report: 2/13 -First Full Squad Workout: 2/14
— Dodgers PR (@DodgersPR) December 17, 2013
The Dodgers will have six weeks after pitchers and catchers first report to prepare for their first two regular season games. They’ll be heading into the season with most of their starting rotation and bullpen intact from last season, but could make a few more additions before the holidays.
The players will report to Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona and it’ll be the second consecutive year with a slightly different feel after several players participated in the World Baseball Classic. Of the players to watch, the newest name that’ll have the most to gain from Spring Training will be infielder Alexander Guerrero.
Guerrero is learning a completely new position and given the hamstring injuries that are plaguing him during winter ball, could be competing for a starting spot.
A majority of the Dodger roster is already set, but the team will have a few competitions in the spring for some lesser roles. The loss of Mark Ellis, Nick Punto, Skip Schumaker and Jerry Hairston, Jr., will leave a few bench roles available. Dee Gordon took the off-season to learn a new position, to try and improve his chances of making the squad.
In the outfield, the Dodgers have four capable starting outfielders as of now, and will have to decide how they will handle the situation. The bullpen has many returners but young relievers Jose Dominguez, Chris Withrow and Onelki Garcia will be competing for possible spots.
The countdown is at 53 days until pitchers and catchers report.
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