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.
|(Puig and Maeda, pic via Jon SooHoo on the Dodgers twitter)|
GOING LIVE: The Dodgers held their third full-squad workout of Spring Training today, with PFP and bullpen sessions, along with their first live batting practice of the spring in preparation for Opening Day, April 4 at San Diego. Los Angeles, in its eighth season training in Arizona, kicks off Cactus League play on Thursday, March 3 against the White Sox.
- Pitchers who faced live hitters today were Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, Chris Hatcher, Yimi Garcia, Joe Blanton, J.P. Howell, Luis Avilan, Carlos Frias, Matt West and Adam Liberatore
- Brett Anderson, Zach Lee, Ross Stripling, Chase De Jong and Josh Ravin all threw regular bullpens.
|(Kershaw 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.com, MLB International, ESPN the Magazine, Topps, USA Today, Getty Images, Baseball Magazine Sha, the LA Times, the Associated Press and ICON Sportswire.
ONE MORE TURNER: While plenty of the familiar faces of the Dodger players are back from last year’s division title, the coaching staff is almost entirely new, with the exception of 11-year pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. The new hitting coach in Los Angeles is Turner Ward, who spent the past eight seasons in the Arizona organization, including three years on the Diamondbacks’ Major League staff as hitting coach (2014-15) and assistant hitting coach (2013). Under Ward’s coaching, last season, Arizona produced two Silver Sluggers (first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and center fielder A.J. Pollock) and led the NL in hits (1,494), while ranking among the Major League best in runs (720, 2nd), extra-base hits (491, 2nd), batting average (.264, 3rd), on-base percentage (.324, 3rd) and slugging percentage (.414, 2nd). Ward began his coaching career with two seasons in the Pirates’ organization in 2006-07 and has compiled a 216-190 record (.532) during four seasons managing in the minors: 2006 (Rookie-level GCL Pirates), 2007 (Single-A State College) and 2011-12, when he led Double-A Mobile to back-to-back Southern League championships and was named the league’s 2011 Manager of the Year. Welcome Turner!
|(Turner posing for Topps on photo day, pic via Topps on twitter)|
AUTHOGRAPH SESH: During the past two days, Dodger players have signed hundreds of bats, balls, photos and jerseys, primarily for the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. The signed items will be used for fundraising purposes organized by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and the money raised will be donated to over 200 non-profit organizations and schools in the greater Los Angeles area. For more information, please visit www.dodgers.com/ladf or www.dodgers.com/donations.
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