It was crowded in the Dodger clubhouse when spring training started, and it was especially cramped on the infield. With all four infield positions taken by able veterans, all that remained were a handful of reserve spots on the bench. So, it didn't seem likely that there would be room for Alex Guerrero to make the team. Fast forward a couple of weeks and it now appears the Dodgers can't afford to not keep him in Los Angeles.
Alex Guerrero has had a great spring. He's looked good at the plate (no surprise since he was coveted for his bat), and has improved measurably on the field. Don't be surprised if he pushes his way onto the Opening Day roster.
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015. Below are some more links to check out:
- Oh, Oh. Ryu is being shut down, via a tweet from Bill Shaikin.
#Dodgers P Hyun-jin Ryu shut down with inflammation in left shoulder. Had an injection, next step TBD in 3 days.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) March 20, 2015
- Peter Gammons at the Gammons Daily makes note of the new generation of the short stop; including Corey Seager.
Indeed, one of the storylines of spring training has been this generation of multi-dimensional young shortstops. Anyone and everyone who passes by the Dodgers is drawn to 20-year-old Corey Seager, 6-4, 220, with the John Olerud swing, great hands and exchange and big arm on defense and what players, coaches and the manager describe as “a unique internal clock.”
And with Jimmy Rollins clearly the heartbeat of this renovated Dodger team, Seager is going to triple-A for a year. “There’s no doubt in my mind he can stay at short,” says Don Mattingly.
- Via Sons of Steve Garvey, "Johnny Blanchard Breaks Down the Dodgers' Non-SNLA Schedule for Us."
- Via Mark Saxon at ESPNLosAngeles.com, "Did Albert Pujols make Yasiel Puig a better outfielder?"
"On Yasiel, nobody should tag and Albert’s not a burner, so he’s basically anticipating that Yasiel’s going to be taking something for granted, so he’s taking advantage of the way he plays," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "That’s what he did. It was a good lesson for Yasiel."
- Via Chad Thornburg at MLB.com, "Grandal catching on to quirks of Dodgers pitchers."
"The more I catch them, I get a little bit better with them," Grandal said. "For now, it's really just talking game plan and things they like to do in different situations, counts. ... I think that's, for now, the one thing we can do the most."
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Brandon League throws without shoulder pain, closer to mound return."
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