Player News - Dodgers

Date: Team: Pos:

Dodgers signed OF Tyler Colvin to a minor league contract.

The deal does not include an invitation to major league spring training. Colvin hasn't appeared in the majors since 2014 and last played with the independent Long Island Ducks in 2016. He's purely a depth piece for Los Angeles.
Feb 19 - 2:40 PM

Walker Buehler (back) is expected to throw a bullpen session in two or three days.

Buehler tweaked his back in January, so the Dodgers are playing it safe with him early on in camp. It doesn't sound like a long-term concern. The 23-year-old posted a 3.35 ERA and 125/31 K/BB ratio in 88 2/3 innings in the minors last season and is widely considered one of the top pitching prospects in the game. He had a rough introduction to the majors in 2017, but he could make an impact with the big club this year.
Feb 19 - 11:56 AM

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times writes that Yasmani Grandal is expected to be the Dodgers' "primary backstop" this season and Austin Barnes "will again start against left-handed pitchers."

Barnes took over as the Dodgers' regular catcher during the team's run to the World Series last season, which seemed to point to him being at the top of the pecking order heading into spring training. However, it appears that Grandal is again slated to see most of the starts versus righties. The news obviously is a hit to Barnes' fantasy potential, although he could certainly still have value in two-catcher leagues.
Feb 18 - 10:54 AM

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times writes that Yasmani Grandal "appears positioned as the primary backstop" this season for the Dodgers.

McCullough adds that Grandal is "expected to receive most of the starts against right-handed pitchers" and Austin Barnes "will again start against left-handed pitchers." Manager Dave Roberts also indicated Saturday that Grandal is in line for more playing time. "Yasmani obviously had more opportunities, more at-bats, more playing time [in 2017]— and I see that again," Roberts said. "But Austin has earned the right to get opportunities." Barnes was the team's primary catcher in the playoffs last season and Grandal's name popped up in trade rumors, leading many to believe Barnes would enter spring training at the top of the depth chart. That's obviously not how the Dodgers see it, though. Both could have fantasy value in 2018, but this news certainly elevates Grandal and throws a wet blanket on Barnes' breakout potential.
Feb 18 - 10:33 AM

Dodgers signed RHP Justin De Fratus to a minor league contract.

It's unclear if the deal will include an invitation to major league spring training. The 30-year-old hurler hasn't appeared in a big league game since 2015. He split his 2017 season pitching for Double-A Arkansas (Mariners) and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the Independent Atlantic League. He'll add minor league bullpen depth for the Dodgers.
Feb 17 - 3:57 PM

Contrary to an earlier report, Alex Wood (ankle) threw a 28-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

There had bee an announcement that he would be held out from his session, but did participate in fielding drills, but it looks like he was feeling good enough to throw anyways. It doesn't sound like the ankle injury should be a problem moving forward.
Feb 17 - 3:24 PM

Alex Wood (ankle) will not throw a bullpen session on Saturday but is scheduled to participate in pitcher's fielding practice drills.

Wood suffered a minor ankle sprain on Thursday, but it isn't expected to impact him much going forward. He'll be back on the mound in a day or two.
Feb 17 - 11:46 AM

Dodgers signed LHP Cesar Ramos to a minor league contract.

The deal does not include an invitation to spring training. Ramos, 33, spent all of last season at Triple-A in the Phillies organization, holding a 4.00 ERA while splitting his time between starting and relieving.
Feb 16 - 2:54 PM

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

The deal was announced earlier this week and is now official. Utley will receive $1 million each season. It's a small price to pay for the veteran infielder who is lauded for his clubhouse presence and professionalism, although we must point out that the 39-year-old has batted just .235/.310/.382 over the last three seasons. Utley will back up at second, third and first base.
Feb 16 - 2:08 PM

Alex Wood (ankle) threw off a mound with a trainer watching on Friday.

Wood had a precautionary X-ray after he sprained his right ankle Thursday, but he said he's fine and that he could've thrown his normal bullpen session Friday if he needed to. This isn't anything to worry about at this point.
Feb 16 - 1:33 PM

Alex Wood will undergo an X-ray after spraining his right ankle Thursday.

Wood will not participate in workouts Friday but presumably could return to action soon if his tests come back clean. The Dodgers will obviously be careful with him early on in camp.
Feb 16 - 12:18 PM

Corey Seager said Friday that his right elbow held up well during offseason workouts.

Seager dealt with an elbow injury down the stretch last season but didn't require offseason surgery. He has not yet thrown beyond 100 feet, so the elbow hasn't been fully tested yet, but to this point it doesn't look like it will be an issue for him. Additionally, Seager noted that his back -- which was also a problem for him last year -- feels good.
Feb 16 - 11:04 AM

Alex Wood had his throwing session postponed Thursday after injuring his right ankle during morning exercises.

The injury appears minor, and Wood is scheduled to throw Friday.
Feb 15 - 4:44 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Thursday that Austin Barnes and Yasmani Grandal will split time at catcher this year.

Barnes posted an excellent .895 OPS in 102 regular-season games last season and was the Dodgers' primary catcher throughout their playoff run, but Grandal might have a larger claim on playing time leading into 2018 because he handles right-handed pitching better. It'll be a tricky situation for fantasy owners.
Feb 15 - 12:25 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts named Clayton Kershaw his Opening Day starter on Tuesday.

Official workouts haven't even begun at Dodgers camp in Arizona, but Roberts figured he might as well get this announcement out of the way. Kershaw has started the Dodgers' last seven Opening Days and will set a new franchise record when he makes his eighth Opening Day start on March 29 against the Giants. He enters the 2018 season as the No. 1 pitcher in fantasy baseball after going 18-4 with a 2.31 ERA, 0.949 WHIP, and 202/30 K/BB ratio over 175 innings in 2017.
Feb 13 - 5:39 PM


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