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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that he doesn't envision having a platoon partner for Joc Pederson, indicating that the 24-year-old slugger could get more at-bats against left-handed pitching.

Pederson clubbed 25 home runs in just 476 plate appearances in 2016. His at-bats were limited in part due to his struggles against southpaws where he hit just .125/.250/.219 with 22 strikeouts in 64 at-bats. While the extra at-bats could be a boon to his fantasy value, extra exposure against lefties will certainly bring down his already questionable batting average.
Feb 19 - 9:13 PM

Dodgers acquired RHP Ryan Moseley from the Orioles for LHP Vidal Nuno.

The Dodgers needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to announce the Franklin Gutierrez signing and given their strong depth on the pitching side it was determined that Nuno was the odd-man out. Moseley, 22, appeared in 12 games at Low-A Aberdeen in 2016, posting a 3.20 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 8.2 K/9.
Feb 19 - 6:05 PM

Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder, elbow) threw live batting practice Sunday.

Ryu said after the session that he feels healthy enough to be part of the Dodgers' Opening Day rotation. That's encouraging, but we'll have to wait and see how he looks in Cactus League action. Ryu was throwing only 84-86 mph in a bullpen session last week.
Feb 19 - 2:40 PM

Eric Gagne told MLB.com's Ken Gurnick that he's considering making a comeback.

Gagne is now 41 and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2008 or even been in a spring training camp since 2010. However, he's been throwing bullpen sessions as he prepares to pitch for Canada in the World Baseball Classic and says he's getting his fastball into the 90s and also featuring his trademark changeup. "I feel great. It's almost scary," Gagne said. The righty has had throwing sessions with the Padres and Diamondbacks. Obviously, it's a huge long shot that Gagne pitches again in the majors, let alone does it effectively. However, it will be something fun to track this spring.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 19 - 1:33 PM

Dodgers signed INF Chase Utley to a one-year, $2 million contract.

The deal finally became official on Saturday with Utley arriving to Dodgers' camp and taking his physical. He'll function as a utility infielder in 2017 and should also have plenty of opportunities as a left-handed bat off the bench.
Feb 18 - 12:29 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced Saturday that Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day.

This announcement certainly doesn't come as a surprise. The greatest pitcher on the planet will take the hill when the Dodgers open their regular season against the Padres on April 3.
Feb 18 - 12:28 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday that he's only mildly concerned over Adrian Gonzalez' elbow injury.

While it doesn't sound like it's going to be a lingering issue, Roberts did say that he didn't want Gonzalez to start as many games in 2017 in an effort to keep him fresh later in the season. Gonzalez has averaged 159 games per year over his 11 full seasons in the big leagues.
Feb 18 - 11:58 AM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Yasmani Grandal will be the team's everyday catcher.

"Yasi is our first-string catcher," Roberts said. "In a perfect world, it's just contingent on the schedule, and not left versus right." It will be a new role for Grandal, who has had to forfeit plenty of starts in the past to guys like A.J. Ellis. Grandal has never started more than 106 games behind the plate in a season, a total that he figures to blow past in 2017 if he can stay healthy. "If he can stay healthy" has been an issue for him, though. Austin Barnes will be Grandal's backup.
Feb 17 - 2:42 PM

Adrian Gonzalez won't swing a bat for two weeks due to a bout with tennis elbow.

It shouldn't be a long-term concern for the veteran first baseman, but Gonzalez's ability to play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic is now in doubt. The Dodgers should have more on Gonzalez's status early next month. He batted .285/.349/.435 with 18 homers and 90 RBI for Los Angeles last season.
Feb 17 - 2:38 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Hyun-Jin Ryu (elbow, shoulder) was sitting 84-86 mph with his fastball in his latest bullpen session.

Ryu is not the hardest thrower, but that's still well below the norm for him. Roberts told reporters that the club will begin watching Ryu closely to determine whether he's healthy and maybe over-protecting his surgically-repaired left arm. The South Korean starter remains an iffy gamble for the 2017 campaign.
Feb 16 - 12:20 PM

Randy Choate has retired from baseball.

He made the announcement Thursday to Sweeny Murti of WFAN in New York. "Just figured it was kind of about time to move on," said the longtime left-handed specialist. "I was just fortunate enough to have a role where it could lead to some longevity. I was in the era of the 'loogy' and able to take advantage of that." Choate finishes his 15-year major league career with a 3.90 ERA in 672 appearances. He held left-handed batters to a .195/.276/.274 slash line.
Source: WFAN
Feb 16 - 12:07 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have shown interest in free agent Brian Wilson.

Wilson is trying to make a comeback as a knuckleballer, and the cash-strapped Rays are typically open to experiments. Wilson, who turns 35 years old next month, has not appeared in a major league game since 2014. He also no longer has a beard. The right-hander will almost certainly have to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league contract wherever he lands for the 2017 season.
Feb 16 - 10:28 AM

Dodgers signed RHP Sergio Romo to a one-year, $3 million contract.

Romo is expected to work as a setup man for closer Kenley Jansen during the coming season. He racked up 14 holds with the Giants a year ago while pitching to a 2.64 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 33/7 K/BB ratio across 30 2/3 innings (40 games). A strained flexor tendon prevented him from approaching the 70 appearances he made during the 2015 season. As far as bullpen additions go, Romo makes for a nice, cheap get for the Dodgers.
Feb 15 - 6:27 PM

Dodgers placed RHP Yimi Garcia on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

Garcia is being shifted over to the 60-day DL in order to free up a roster spot for Sergio Romo. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in October, Garcia is expected to miss the entirety of the 2017 campaign.
Feb 15 - 6:18 PM

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said that Hyun-Jin Ryu has "done everything he can this offseason to come into camp and reclaim his spot."

Ryu has been as plagued by the injury bug as any player out there, having made just one start over the past two seasons due to a menagerie of ailments -- including shoulder, groin and elbow concerns. He said near the end of January that he felt no pain in throwing four offseason bullpens. While that is certainly a positive sign for the oft-injured 29-year-old southpaw, he will need to get through spring training without setback if he is to rejoin the rotation.
Feb 15 - 5:15 PM


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