Category Archives: Spring Training

Turner Gets HBP; Fractures Left Wrist

The Dodgers received bad news last night when Justin Turner suffered a fractured left wrist after being hit by a pitch in a Spring Training game against the Oakland A’s. He is going to start the year on the disabled list and the Dodgers have no timetable for his return.

Turner was hit by a pitch thrown by A’s pitcher, Kendall Graveman. It was obvious that Turner was in pain as soon as he was hit. He was removed from the game and replaced by Donovan Solano. Turner immediately was taken to a local hospital for x-rays. Unfortunately, the x-rays came back positive. Turner is going to visit Dr. Brian Shafer today in order to get a timetable for his return.

In the meantime, the Dodgers will have to scramble to find a third baseman. They could move Logan Forsythe from second base to third and have Chase Utley replace him at second base. Utley could also play third. Other options to play second if Forsythe is moved to third include Kiké Hernández and Austin Barnes.

Dave Roberts talked about the significance of this injury, “I know J.T.’s down, it’s a blow, a guy you count on every day. It’s tough but that’s baseball and we have a lot of good players and guys have to step up.”

The Dodgers received a very small amount of good news when they won the game by a final score of 3-1. Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson both hit homers in the win.

7 Questions As We Enter Spring Training

The sounds of baseballs hitting players’ gloves are finally back at Camelback Ranch. This means that the long off-season is over and Spring Training is underway. All the Dodgers pitchers and catchers have reported to Glendale, Arizona, along with many position players. With the first pre-season game less than a week away, it’s time to ask some very important questions.

Will Logan Forsythe Bounce Back?

Logan Forsythe‘s first year in Los Angeles was a huge disappointment. Dodger fans expected him to put up remarkable numbers with his bat. Instead, he hit .224 with 6 home runs and 36 runs batted in. After he got off on the wrong note at the beginning of the season, he struggled with injuries that kept him from being the offensive force the Dodgers expected him to be.

Will Chris Taylor Stay Hot?

In 2016, Chris Taylor was just another name in Triple-A. He then made changes over the off-season and we saw a brand-new Chris Taylor in the spring of 2017. When Spring Training ended, Taylor was the 26th man on a 25-man roster. He was brought back to the Major Leagues early in the season and he never looked back. The former second baseman took over center field and the leadoff spot in the lineup. The speedy slugger hit .288 with 21 home runs and 72 runs batted in. After having such a remarkable turnaround last winter, the Dodgers are hoping he can put up big numbers this year.

Where Do Matt Kemp and Joc Pederson Fit In?

Joc Pederson‘s 2017 season was horrendous but his World Series performance was spectacular. This off-season he ramped up his workouts with the goal of getting a starting job in left field. Matt Kemp was traded back to the Dodgers this offseason. He reported early to spring training this year and the biggest surprise was that he was 41 pounds lighter. He also wants to start in left field. I don’t think we will know who will get the spot until spring training ends.

Can Clayton Kershaw Remain Healthy?

Clayton Kershaw has struggled with back problems for the last two years. In 2016, it was a herniated disk. In 2017, it was a lower back strain. Despite time on the DL, Kershaw pitched well both years. But what can we expect from him this year? If his back gives him problems again, the Dodgers are likely not going to re-sign him when his contract expires. The Dodgers need him to stay healthy in 2018. But because of his back issues, what can we realistically expect from him this year?

Is Corey Seager Healthy?

Corey Seager always says that he feels fine but you can’t always believe him. Towards the end of the 2017 season, Seager’s elbow was causing him lots of pain. He ended up having to miss about ten days to let his elbow rest. He also injured his back during the NLDS against the Diamondbacks. It was so bad that he had to miss the NLCS to let it recover. He decided not to have surgery to repair either his back or his elbow this offseason. He says he feels great but I’m not sure we can believe him. He hasn’t thrown more than 100 feet this offseason. Will he be healthy enough to make the roster?

How Will The Starting Rotation Look?

Unless he gets injured, Clayton Kershaw will once again be the number one starter for the Dodgers. It’s logical to assume that lefty Rich Hill will be next. If I were putting together the rotation I would put lefty Alex Wood behind Hill. This gives us three lefties in a row so far. I think that the next logical starter would be Kenta Maeda. I know that he struggled as a starter in 2017 but he’s a smart pitcher and I think he can recover. The pitchers who will be fighting for the fifth spot in the rotation are Hyun-Jin RyuBrock Stewart, and Ross Stripling. You can also expect to see Walker Buehler at some point this year.

Can Cody Bellinger Avoid The Sophomore Slump?

The reigning NL Rookie of the Year, Cody Bellinger, is well aware of what is called a Sophomore slump. After hitting .267 with 39 home runs and 97 RBIs in 2017, Bellinger is trying to keep his stats from dropping in 2018. He has been working hard over the offseason and he put on fifteen pounds of muscle to help him. Will it be enough? We’ll see in just a couple of months.

If you have any more questions that you would like to ask or if you have an opinion on these questions, please comment below.

Dodgers Finally Win In Anaheim

The Dodgers broke a fourteen game losing streak in exhibition games in Anaheim with a 3-1 win on Friday night. Before the game, the Dodgers had a record of 2-14 over sixteen exhibition games in Anaheim. The last time that they had won was 2003. Justin Turner, Rich Hill, and Franklin Gutierrez worked to break the Dodgers’ losing streak.

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 LAD  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  2    3  5  1
 LAA  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1    1  6  2

Rich Hill pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings in which he struck out 2 batters and walked one. Hill said that his curveball was coming out of his hand well but the fastball was not as crisp as he wanted it. He threw 65 pitches, 40 for strikes, but only got two swings and misses in the game.

Justin Turner started the scoring with a solo home run in the fourth inning. He got a 1-1 slider from Garrett Richards and hit a no-doubter over the left-field wall. He is now hitting .385 with four home runs and sixteen RBI’s this spring.

The Dodgers added two more runs in the eighth off of Angels’ reliever Kirby Yates. Yates allowed a lead-off double to Erick Mejia then Gutierrez hit an RBI double, giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Cody Bellinger hit a double with two outs driving in Gutierrez and giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead.

Andrew Istler gave up an RBI single to Jefry Marte in the ninth inning before inducing a flyout to collect the save.

Up Next:

Brandon McCarthy takes the mound against the Angels at Dodger Stadium for the final exhibition game of 2017. Corey Seager is scheduled to play at shortstop. The game starts at 6:10 pm PT and will be televised on SportsNet LA.

Cron, Angels Rally For Win In Game One Of Freeway Series

Kenta Maeda pitched three perfect innings with four strikeouts, but the Angels rallied in the seventh inning off of Dodgers’ reliever Brandon Morrow. The Dodgers held the Angels hitless through six innings, but C.J. Cron hit a go-ahead two-run single and the Angels took the lead for good.

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 LAD  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1    2   7  1
 LAA  0  0  0  0  0  0  3  0  x   3  5  1

Yunel Escobar started the Angels’ rally with a lead-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning, breaking up the no-hitter. Mike Trout then doubled Albert Pujols walked. Morrow found himself in a bases-loaded jam with only one out. This set up for Cron’s two-run single. Morrow threw what looked like a breaking ball and Cron got his bat on the ball and hit it to left field. Cameron Maybin then hit a single to center field that drove in one more run.

Austin Barnes hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning, sparking what seemed to be a Dodgers’ rally. Franklin Gutierez was hit by a pitch, then DJ Peters hit a double to left field. The Dodgers had runners on second and third with two outs. The tying run was 90 feet from the plate when Scott Van Slyke stepped up to bat. He worked the count 2-2 then hit a groundball to shortstop and was thrown out.

Up Next:

Rich Hill will get the start in game two of the freeway series. He will likely pitch three innings in his final tune-up before the regular season. The game will start at 7:07 pm PT at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. It will be televised on SportsNet LA and MLB Network.

Kershaw Allows 2 Runs In Final Tune Up

Clayton Kershaw pitched three innings of two-run ball in the Dodgers 3-3 tie with the Mariners. It was Kershaw’s final tune-up before opening day at Dodger Stadium.

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 LAD  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    3  8  1
 SEA  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  1    3  9  2

Tyler Holt went 3-4 with one RBI. He hit a double, stole a base, and scored the Dodgers’ go-ahead run in the eighth. He drove in a run in the first inning with a single to left field. Yasmani Grandal scored, but Scott Van Slyke was thrown out at the plate. Mariners’ starter Hisashi Iwakuma threw a breaking ball over the plate and Holt squared up on it and hit it into left field. Mariner’s left fielder Jarrod Dyson made a strong and accurate throw to catch Van Slyke at the plate.

Nelson Cruz hit an RBI double and Kyle Seager singled home a run in the bottom of the first inning. Cruz hit an 0-1 fastball from Kershaw into right field and Holt was unable to get there. For Seager, he got a fastball up and hit it into left-center field for an RBI single. Both batters went the other way to get their hits against Kershaw.

The Dodgers tied the game in the top of the second inning on a Yasmani Grandal RBI single. He got what looked like a hanging breaking ball and hit it into left field.

The Dodgers took the lead in the top of the ninth inning on an RBI double by Mike Ahmed. He hit a line drive to left-center field that Lenoys Martin was unable to come up with. Tyler Holt scored on the double by Ahmed. The Dodgers, however, were unable to keep their lead. Joe Broussard came into the game to collect the save and allowed a lead-off single. The next batter grounded out but the Mariners had a runner on second. Ryan Casteel then hit an RBI double, tying the game before the Dodgers record the final two outs.

Up Next:

The Dodgers open a three-game freeway series against the Angels. Kenta Maeda will pitch his final game of Spring Training. The game will begin at 7:07 pm PT and can be seen on SportsNet LA or MLB Network.

Wilson Homers; Adds To Case For Roster

Bobby Wilson added to his case to be on the opening day roster when he slugged a decisive two-run home run leading the Dodgers split-squad to a 3-1 victory over the Padres. The split-squad was loaded with Dodgers’ starters and bench players. It also had players who are trying to make the roster, like Bobby Wilson.

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SD   0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0    1  5  0
LAD  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  1  x    3  7  0

The veteran catch is competing with Austin Barnes to be Yasmani Grandal‘s backup. Wilson has been solid this spring, he is hitting .275 with four homers. His homer against the Padres came on a 3-1 count.

Julio Urías pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in his final start of the spring. Urías will stay at Camelback Ranch for an extended Spring Training when the club breaks camp.

Hunter Renfroe provided the Padres’ only run of the day with an RBI double off of Dodgers’ reliever Sergio Romo. Chris Hatcher pitched two perfect innings in relief and Grant Dayton pitched a perfect inning of his own.

Up Next:

Wednesday is getaway day for the Dodgers, who break camp after their game against the Mariners in Peoria. Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the Dodgers, but do not expect him to pitch very long. It is just his final tune-up before opening day and he likely pitch three innings. The players are anxious to go home, so you will likely see them swinging at the first pitch a lot more than usual. The game starts at 1:10 pm PT and will be shown on MLB Network.