Player News - Dodgers

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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 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

Hyun-Jin Ryu (elbow, shoulder) said after throwing four shutout innings while allowing just one hit Tuesday that he feels "very close to my 2013 form."

Ryu posted a 3.00 ERA over 30 starts that season. The left-hander has had two straight years wrecked by injury and got a late start this spring, but he's now yielded just one run while boasting an 8/1 K/BB ratio over nine Cactus League frames. Ryu is still likely to begin the season on the disabled list and remains a big health risk, but his work the last few weeks has been very encouraging.
Mar 21 - 7:00 PM

Corey Seager (oblique) said he had no discomfort while taking three at-bats in a minor league game Tuesday.

Seager served as a designated hitter in what was his first game action in nearly three weeks. The shortstop will take a day off Wednesday before playing five innings on Thursday. His at-bats this spring are going to be limited, but Seager should be ready for Opening Day as long as he avoids a setback.
Mar 21 - 6:11 PM

Julio Urias is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday.

Urias was sent home over the weekend while dealing with strep throat, but he's feeling better now. If all goes well Tuesday, he'll pitch in the back fields on Thursday. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that it's "unrealistic" for Urias to be ready for a starter's workload by Opening Day, so the most likely scenario remains that he'll begin the year in extended spring training. There's some serious fantasy upside here, but the Dodgers are going to be cautious with his workload.
Mar 21 - 1:32 PM

Sergio Romo (back) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday.

Romo has been dealing with some stiffness in his back since returning from the World Baseball Classic, but it's not believed to be serious. Barring any setbacks, he should be fine for the start of the regular season.
Mar 21 - 12:57 PM

Andre Ethier was diagnosed with a mild herniation of a disk in his back.

Ethier recently dealt with a hip issue, but he was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to tightness in his back. He received an epidural on Monday and will be shut down for 7-10 days. There's no clear timetable for his return, but it's believed to not be as serious as what staff ace Clayton Kershaw dealt with last year. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts hasn't ruled him out for Opening Day quite yet, but it looks unrealistic at this point.
Mar 21 - 12:55 PM

Corey Seager (oblique) is slated to get three at-bats out of the DH spot in a minor league game on Tuesday.

The Dodgers are easing Seager back into things after his recent oblique issue. He's expected to take Wednesday off before playing five innings on Thursday. If all goes well, he should be in the lineup on Opening Day.
Mar 21 - 12:49 PM

MLB.com's Ken Gurnick lists Alex Wood among the five Dodgers pitchers that "figure to be in the rotation" to begin the season.

Gurnick also lists Brandon McCarthy in addition to rotation locks Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda. Wood entered spring training likely pegged for long relief, but Julio Urias (workload) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) are likely to begin the year in extended spring training and Scott Kazmir has dealt with injury and velocity issues. The former Brave struck out five over 4 1/3 scoreless frames in his last Cactus League outing. Wood had an elbow issue last season, but he ended the year healthy and pitching well. It remains to be seen how long he might have a rotation spot, but he's an interesting late-round fantasy flier.

Dodgers re-assigned LHP Patrick Schuster and RHP Madison Younginer to minor league camp.

Schuster impressed this spring with a 1.17 ERA over 10 appearances. He could get another shot in the majors this year.
Mar 20 - 7:45 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Andre Ethier (hip) probably won't play for several days even if his MRI came back clean.

Ethier underwent an MRI on Monday for his nagging hip/back injury, but the results aren't in yet. He's looking iffy for Opening Day even if the exam doesn't reveal anything serious.
Mar 20 - 7:42 PM

Yasiel Puig (calf) is unlikely to play until at least Thursday.

Puig felt something in his left calf while stealing a base on Sunday and had to be scratched from Monday's lineup. It doesn't appear the Dodgers are considering an MRI, so they must feel the ailment is minor. However, it must be noted that Puig has a long history of leg issues. It would become worrisome if he's not playing by the end of this week.
Mar 20 - 7:39 PM

Dodgers prospect Willie Calhoun homered in his only at-bat in a 14-3 loss to the Indians on Monday.

Calhoun may only have point guard height, but there's tremendous raw power in his left-handed bat. Calhoun also has quality hand-eye coordination, and the hit tool has a chance to be above-average as well. The concern with Calhoun is where he's going to play in the field, but if Calhoun keeps hitting, the Dodgers will find a way to get his bat into the lineup, perhaps as soon as this summer.
Mar 20 - 7:28 PM


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