Wonderkid Julio Urias made his first spring start yesterday; throwing 14-pitches in one inning of work, giving up two singles, allowing one run and recording two strike outs. He then went in the bullpen to throw another inning. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"My goal this year is to better what I have," said Urias. "Last year at midseason, I worked with [pitching coach Rick] Honeycutt on the curveball and slider. I threw one curve today, threw one slider for the strikeout, and overall felt well."He is slowly working to prepare himself for a full season slog. As you know, the Dodgers are likely to control his workload and limit the number of innings he throws -- as they should. He has never thrown more than 122 innings during any one season, so there is a legitimate worry about hurting his arm. I suspect they'll try to stretch him out this year to no more than 180 innings (and that might be too high).
Photo at the very top via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Go here to check out even more pics by Jon from yesterday. Below are more links to check out:
- Of Note: This is not Dodger news, but I thought it was important enough to share. In 1947 the Cleveland Indians, in anticipation of signing a black ballplayer, set up their spring camp in Phoenix. The Giants do the same. They chose Arizona because of its relatively tolerant racial climate. They would sign Larry Doby later in the year.
- Happy Birthday, Tim Thompson, Bert Hamric, Omar Daal & Blake Hawksworth!
- I think Kings fans should prepare for some sobering news on Thursday. Eric K at Jewels from the Crown writes that; "Longtime Kings Broadcaster Bob Miller to Make Announcement Regarding Health, Future on Thursday." As you may know, Bob has had some health issues of late.
- Left Field Pavilion provides some details on the upcoming 2017 Charity Dodger Blogger Softball Tournament. Go here for information. It will be held on Saturday, April 29th.
- Video: Alanna Rizzo caught up with Julio Urias after recording two strikeouts in his one inning of work on Tuesday. (Video Link)
- Per Bill Plaschke at the LA Times; "Joe Davis, the Dodgers' new lead voice, won't try to be Vin Scully, but being himself ought to be enough."
“I love the challenge of capturing something in the moment and using it to connect with fans,” Davis said.
He quickly rose from Montgomery to ESPN to Fox to the ears of Dodgers officials, who loved the powerful voice and fresh face.
“He had a perspective we knew all Dodger fans would enjoy,” said Dodgers executive vice president Lon Rosen.
- Per Sarah Wexler at Dodgers Digest; "Giants who became Dodgers, part 2: 1920s to 1980s." And here is Part 3 of Sarah's ongoing series: "Giants who became Dodgers, part 3: The Ned Colletti years."
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Dodgers taking it slow with Jansen, relievers: Key arms in bullpen are yet to appear in Cactus League."
For a variety of reasons, management has decided to ease them into action, and all could take the mound in a game by the end of the weekend.
- Blowout Buzz provides an early sneak peek at Topps' 2017 Chrome Baseball card set; including the Sandy Koufax card on the right. Go here to check out more pics. This set is slated to hit stores on August 2nd.
- Andre Ethier made a return to the stadium that broke his leg yesterday, and it's fair to say that that was on everybody's mind. Per Chris Gabel and Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
Ethier, who broke his right leg on a foul tip the last time he played at Salt River Fields last March, hit a solo shot to the right-field berm to lead off the fifth inning. It was his first homer of the spring.
"As he stepped in the box, that was first thing that came through my mind," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "I was crossing my fingers, so he hit a homer and has a good taste in his mouth right now."
- This is a cool honor. Per Abigail Elizabeth Peck at Azusa Pacific University; "APU's Luchy Binet Guerra Honored by Dodgers."
Her former employer, the Los Angeles Dodgers, recognized her more than 15 years of service to their organization by naming a room after her at their newly remodeled training center, Campo Las Palmas, in the Dominican Republic.
During her time with the Dodgers, Guerra was affectionately known as, “Mama Luchy,” for her important role and the impact she had on the players. In charge of administration for the Minor League Department, including Winter Leagues and the Dominican Summer League, she handled everything from visas to payroll to benefits.
- I've read a bunch of whining, but I think it's import to note that you shouldn't look a gift-horse in the mouth. Per a tweet by LA Times reporter Bill Shaikin:
- This is funny. Adrian Gonzalez pranked his fellow teammates (particularly Clayton Kershaw) by replacing the ever-popular Spring Training ping pong table with billiards. Check out his little goof on his Instagram:
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