Dodgers optioned OF Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City; reassigned 1B Ike Davis, 1B Cody Bellinger, SS Charlie Culberson, 1B O'Koyea Dickson, OF Tyler Holt and RHP Brandon Morrow to minor league camp.
Segedin played well in Cactus League action this spring, going 13-for-32 (.406) while posting a 1.285 OPS. Alas for the 28-year-old outfielder, this strong work was not quite enough to land him on the Opening Day roster. He will serve as organizational depth moving forward, but could see time with the big league club down the road. In 73 at-bats with the Dodgers last season, Segedin hit .233/.301/.370.
Tyler Holt led the Dodgers with three hits Wednesday in their Cactus League tie with the Mariners.
He also added a stolen base. Holt singled home a run in the first and later scored to give L.A. the lead on Mike Ahmed’s eighth-inning double to center field. The 28-year-old has had a terrific spring, hitting .375 over 40 Cactus League at-bats. Despite his efforts, Holt will likely begin the year at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Hisashi Iwakuma didn’t have it Wednesday in the Mariners’ Cactus League tie with the Dodgers, allowing three hits, two runs and four walks over just 1 2/3 innings.
Only 26 of his 52 pitches went for strikes. The Dodgers sent six men to the plate in the first inning, scoring one run on two hits and two walks. It could have been worse for Iwakuma but Scott Van Slyke bailed him out by getting thrown out at home plate to end the inning. Iwakuma was in the midst of another difficult frame before finally getting the hook from manager Scott Servais with two outs in the second inning. Coming off his worst season as a big leaguer, Iwakuma will finish the spring with a dismal 7.13 ERA over six Cactus League starts. For fantasy, he’s only an option in deeper mixed leagues and AL-only formats.
Clayton Kershaw wasn’t himself Wednesday in the Dodgers’ Cactus League tie with the Mariners, scattering two hits, two runs and two walks over three uncharacteristically shaky innings.
Navigating a tough Mariners lineup, Kershaw struggled through a difficult first inning, walking two batters and giving up a pair of base hits. He was much better after that, only allowing one base runner over his final two frames (it came on an error by Mike Ahmed). Even after Wednesday’s clunker, Kershaw’s spring ERA still sits at a masterful 2.63. Expect the three-time Cy Young winner to go full throttle in his Opening Day start Monday against the Padres.
Kyle Schwarber clubbed two homers Wednesday in the Cubs’ Cactus League win over the Athletics.
Schwarber led off the game with a solo homer to deep center field. He left the yard again in the fourth, hammering a two-run shot off Daulton Jefferies. The Cubs’ leadoff man has hit .275 with five homers and 14 RBI over 51 Cactus League at-bats this spring. The 24-year-old offers considerable fantasy value, even in leagues where he’s only eligible as an outfielder.
John Lackey unraveled Wednesday in the Cubs’ Cactus League win over the Athletics, surrendering seven hits and seven runs over 3 2/3 ineffective frames.
He struck out three and walked one. Lackey was spotted a five-run lead but couldn’t hold onto it, allowing two runs in the third and five more in the fourth. If it’s any consolation, only two of the seven hits he gave up went for extra bases. Wednesday certainly wasn’t how Lackey wanted to end the spring but he should be in for another strong season after earning a terrific 3.35 ERA over 29 starts for the Cubs in 2016.
Santiago Casilla fell flat Wednesday in the Athletics’ Cactus League loss to the Cubs, allowing two hits, five runs and two walks in only 1/3 of an inning.
We’re not sure why Casilla started—he’s never started a game in his big league career—but obviously he should stick to his day job. Casilla began his outing by serving up a home run to Kyle Schwarber. It only got worse from there as Casilla proceeded to walk two batters, hit one and allow a three-run homer to Albert Almora Jr. before finally getting the hook with one out in the inning. After flaming out in San Francisco last year, Casilla was looking to rebound on the other side of the bay in 2017. That plan is off to a rough start.
Danny Duffy spanned four scoreless innings Wednesday in the Royals’ Cactus League tie with the Rangers, surrendering three hits while adding a pair of strikeouts.
He didn’t walk anyone. The Rangers got to Duffy for two singles in the first but he was bailed out by an inning-ending double play. Duffy settled down after that, retiring eight hitters in a row to end his outing. Fresh off getting a five-year, $65 million extension, Duffy has pitched to a relatively disappointing 4.30 ERA over four Cactus League starts. He excelled at the World Baseball Classic, however, allowing just one earned run over eight strong innings for the United States. He’ll get the ball Opening Day against Minnesota.