Player News - Dodgers

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Rich Hill allowed four runs on four hits over 3 2/3 innings in Saturday's Cactus League game against the A's.

Control was an issue for Hill in this one. He walked four on the afternoon. While he has struggled to an 8.03 ERA in five starts during spring action, this should not be a major concern for interested fantasy parties. Hill put up a 2.12 ERA in 20 starts between the A's and Dodgers during the 2016 season. Just about the only downside to the last campaign was that a pesky blister kept him out of action for extended stretches.
Mar 25 - 8:06 PM

Andre Ethier (back) won't resume baseball activities until the first week of April.

The decision was made after Ethier met with a back specialist on Saturday. Ethier will obviously open the year on the disabled list but manager Dave Roberts said he doesn't anticipate the injury being a "6-8 week thing." The injury-prone Ethier was limited to just 16 games last season and is now facing another extended absence.
Mar 25 - 8:02 PM

Andre Ethier (back) is expected to receive a prognosis from his doctors on Saturday.

The veteran outfielder continues to battle a multitude of ailments and can't seem to get healthy. At this point, it's hard to count on him for much heading into 2017 as even when he gets on the field he'll be facing stiff competition for at-bats in the outfield.
Mar 25 - 12:52 PM

Logan Forsythe had a two-run single, walked twice, and scored a run in the Dodgers’ 13-6 win over the Diamondbacks in Cactus League action on Friday.

While a deal for Brian Dozier almost looked like a foregone conclusion at one point over the winter, the Dodgers acquired Forysthe instead in January and appear prepared to go into the season with him as their primary leadoff hitter. The 30-year-old hasn’t provided any reason to change their minds. He’s hitting .424 (15-for-34) with a .472 on-base percentage this spring.
Mar 24 - 8:56 PM

Adrian Gonzalez (elbow) went 1-for-2 with a single, a walk, and two runs scored in his return to action Friday against the Diamondbacks.

It was his first game since tweaking his elbow on a check swing last Sunday. Gonzalez hasn’t had the smoothest spring, but he should be ready for the season if he can avoid setbacks. He still carries the name appeal in fantasy leagues, but his sharp drop in fly ball rate (and home runs) last season can’t be ignored.
Mar 24 - 8:55 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Josh Ravin aggravated his right groin strain and will be sidelined for the next several weeks.

Ravin had hoped to return to the mound on Sunday. He had been a candidate to win one of the final spots in the club's Opening Day bullpen, but instead he'll now open the year on the 10-day disabled list.
Mar 24 - 7:52 PM

Corey Seager (oblique) will play seven innings in a minor league game Saturday.

Seager got three at-bats in a minor league game Tuesday and played five innings in one Thursday, so he's slowly but surely upping his progression. It's possible he'll continue to be held out of Cactus League action just in case the Dodgers need to backdate a disabled list stint in the event of a setback. However, all signs are pointing to Seager being ready to go on Opening Day.
Mar 24 - 1:11 PM

Adrian Gonzalez (elbow) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Friday.

Gonzalez has dealt with an elbow issue on and off during camp, but he's feeling well enough to give it a go again. The first baseman has been limited to just 10 Cactus League plate appearances this spring, but he also got 12 at-bats during the World Baseball Classic.
Mar 24 - 12:46 PM

Adrian Gonzalez (elbow) expects to play in Friday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks.

Gonzalez hasn't been in the lineup since Sunday when he tweaked his elbow on a check swing. Between injuries and a brief stint at the World Baseball Classic, Gonzalez has been limited to just four Cactus League appearances this spring. Luckily he still has a week and a half to dust off the cobwebs before the regular season starts.
Mar 23 - 10:46 PM

Andre Ethier underwent X-rays and a CT scan on his ailing back Tuesday.

Ethier also received an epidural injection and told reporters Thursday that he felt immediate pain relief afterward. He's still awaiting the full results of Tuesday's exam. The veteran outfielder looks questionable for the beginning of the 2017 regular season, but there is nothing official yet.
Mar 23 - 2:41 PM

Yasiel Puig (calf) is back in the Dodgers' Cactus League lineup on Thursday.

Puig has been held out of action this week after feeling a tweak in his left calf Sunday while trying to steal a base. It sounds like this is minor, but we all know about Puig's long history of leg issues. He remains a high-risk, high-reward type of fantasy outfielder leading into the 2017 regular season.
Mar 23 - 2:25 PM

Dodgers optioned OF Brett Eibner to Triple-A Oklahoma City; re-assigned INF/OF Darnell Sweeney, 2Bs José Fernández and Willie Calhoun and OF Alex Verdugo to minor league camp.

Eibner's chances of winning an Opening Day roster spot pretty much went out the door when the Dodgers signed Franklin Gutierrez. He'll probably be up at some point this season, though.
Mar 21 - 8:05 PM

Trayce Thompson (back) will play in back-to-back Cactus League games soon.

The Dodgers have been slow-playing Thompson all spring after he suffered stress fractures in his back last season. He's surely not going to be available on Opening Day.
Mar 21 - 7:49 PM

Scott Kazmir's (hip) next start will come on Sunday in a Cactus League game after he showed improved velocity in a minor league start Tuesday.

Kazmir has had issues getting his hip and lower half loose dating back to last season, and it's led to mechanical issues and a lack of zip on his pitches. He was still only hitting 87 mph Tuesday, but that's better than he had been throwing. The left-hander is still likely to begin the season on the disabled list.
Mar 21 - 7:46 PM

Justin Turner finished 3-for-3 with a solo home run in the Dodgers' exhibition loss to the Brewers on Tuesday.

Turner got a lubricating injection two weeks ago in his troublesome left knee, but he's looked plenty healthy lately. The veteran third baseman is now batting .412 with a 1.176 OPS through 43 plate appearances in this year's Cactus League. He has 12 RBI in 14 games.
Mar 21 - 7:35 PM


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