Spring Training began on Thursday for the Los Angeles Dodgers as pitchers and catchers descended on Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. The day went off without a hitch as all expected players reported, with the exception of Kenley Jansen.
The Dodger closer is still recovering from surgery on his left foot, but will join his teammates this weekend. Along with pitchers and catchers reporting for camp, Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Yasiel Puig were among the position players to check in early.
Given the recent news of Jansen’s injury that will cause him to miss the next 8-12 weeks, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman was asked about the Dodgers’ plans in the meantime during his and manager Don Mattingly’s meeting with the media.
Here are the headlines that came out of the Dodgers’ first day in Spring Training:
With Jansen on the shelf, Mattingly will use his relievers based on matchups, not a designated closer
Friedman envisions a catching platoon of A.J. Ellis and Yasmani Grandal going well
Friedman said the Dodgers are engaged in trade talks with a focus on finding a relief pitcher
Yoan Moncada is expected to receive a large signing bonus and that could mean as much as $40 million from the Dodgers
Cole Hamels wants to be traded, and the Dodgers continue to refuse including their top prospects in any deal
It’s going to be a while until the Dodgers learn whether or not Zack Greinke will opt out of his contract
Ellis isn’t concerned over his role with the Dodgers in 2015
Clayton Kershaw avoids answering if he wants A.J. Ellis to be his personal catcher
Pederson and Seager were among the position players to report early
The Dodgers reportedly expressed an interest in reliever Joba Chamberlain
Puig got a head start on some early Spring Training fun (photos and video)
New attractions and amenities are coming to Camelback Ranch
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