Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dodgers Notes from Spring Training: Full –Squad Workout #3

Throughout Spring Training the Dodgers PR department sends out helpful daily notes from Camelback Ranch, and I am happy to pass them along.  See what they've written below.

(Kershaw pitching live batting practive, pic via @Dodgers on twitter)

WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN?: Under cloudy skies, the Dodgers held their third full-squad workout of the spring today, with hitters once again taking live batting practice, this time from pitchers Clayton Kershaw (who was taken deep by Juan Uribe), Brandon League, David Huff, Chris Hatcher, Ryan Buchter, Joe Wieland and Daniel Coulombe. Zack Greinke and Brandon McCarthy also threw bullpens today.

  • The Dodgers are still four days away from their first Cactus League game, March 4 against the White Sox, whereas last year at this time, the club had already played two contests.

THROWN INTO THE FIRE: Dodger Manager Don Mattingly announced today that left-hander Erik Bedard would start the Dodgers’ first Cactus League game on Wednesday, March 4 vs. the White Sox at Camelback Ranch- Glendale. Bedard and the rest of the Dodger starters are scheduled for 2.0 innings their first time around. During his morning media session, Mattingly also conformed there would be no intrasquad game this year. 

BACK ON TRACK: Dodger starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was down with mid-back tightness, played catch yesterday and is scheduled to throw a bullpen on Monday. Right-handed reliever Joel Peralta, who is dealing with some shoulder soreness, is slated to throw his first bullpen of the spring on Monday.  
(Hyun-Jin Ryu on Photo Day, pic via @Dodgers on twitter)

SAY CHEESE: The Dodgers held their annual Photo Day this morning, with players showing off their pearly whites for the Dodger team photographers, SNLA, MLB Photos,, MLB International, ESPN the Magazine, Topps, USA Today, Getty Images, Baseball Digest and the Associated Press.

SUNDAY CONVERSATION(S): Tomorrow, rain or shine, ESPN’s SportsCenter will broadcast live from Camelback Ranch – Glendale, featuring interviews with Dodger President of Baseball Operations Andrew Freidman, Clayton Kershaw, Jimmy Rollins, Don Mattingly and more. Former big leaguer Mark Mulder, SportsCenter anchor Sara Walsh and Tim Kurkjian will helm the network’s coverage.

SIGN HERE, PLEASE: During the past two days, Dodger players have signed hundreds of bats, balls, photos and jerseys, primarily for the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. On Thursday April 16, the Dodgers will attend the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation’s inaugural Blue Diamond Gala honoring the Jackie Robinson Foundation, The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education and the LA84 Foundation. The Gala will take place at Dodger Stadium and features a cocktail reception in center field, dinner, awards, a Ted Baker London fashion show featuring Dodger players and a performance by Aloe Blacc. For tickets and information on the Blue Diamond Gala sponsorships, please visit

CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES: Many news elements at Camelback Ranch will continue to be unveiled this spring, including a life-sized Tommy Lasorda bobblehead, a new scoreboard on the Dodger replica field, All-Star panels on the legends walk, a LA logo sculpture and large, autographed baseballs paying tribute to the club’s MVPs. In addition, the stadium at Camelback Ranch will showcase the retired numbers of Pee Wee Reese, Lasorda, Duke Snider, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale in left field. 
(Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig on @TwitterMirror, pic via @Dodgers on twitter)

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Blog Kiosk: 2/28/2015 - Dodger Links - Some Odds and Ends

Spring Training isn't just for practice.  It's also for gettin' your picture taken.  Featured above is Clayton Kershaw is a green screen room.  This morning was Photo Day for the Dodgers as photographers from throughout the country came down to capture the Dodgers on film.  Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter.

Below are some more links to check out:
  • Check out this fun new blog: The Dodgers Lego.
  • Via Charlie Wilmoth at MLB Trade Rumors, "Juan Pierre Officially Retires."  Pierre was a great Dodger whose play I will remember fondly.  He was a Dodger unsung hero who also got a lot of unnecessary grief from a bunch of fans who thought their snark was funny.  For the record, it wasn't funny.  It was just mean.
  • Via Pedro Moura at the OC Register, "Armed with data: Dodgers use analytics in effort to assess risk, decrease frequency of pitching injuries."
“As we are going through available players, we find requisite upside, and we dig into their medical histories to see if it’s a fool’s errand or not,” Friedman said this week. “We appreciate the risk and appreciate the upside.”
“If it gives us more energy and helps us go longer, I’m all for it,” (Carl) Crawford said, while then admitting he prefers starchy fried southern food when he’s on his own.

“All things considered, it’s probably not what I’d eat if I wasn’t a baseball player, but I get it,” (Brett) Anderson said. 

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