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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will complete one more bullpen session before he'll pitch in Cactus League play.

Ryu felt fine after his simulated game on Friday, but he and Scott Kazmir both need to be slotted into the spring rotation which will take a few days. It will be interesting to watch how things play out regarding the Dodgers rotation if everyone is healthy, as there are seven viable arms competing for five spots.
Feb 25 - 12:08 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday that Andre Ethier looks healthy and is showing no signs of last year's broken leg.

Ethier missed almost the entire 2016 season due to a fractured right fibula, but has had ample recovery time. He's expected to function as the strong side of a platoon in right field and could be a candidate to hit leadoff for the Dodgers.
Feb 25 - 11:43 AM

Logan Forsythe is batting leadoff for the Dodgers in Cactus League play on Saturday.

Forsythe is just one of the candidates competing to bat atop the Dodgers order this spring. Manager Dave Roberts has also indicated Andrew Toles, Joc Pederson and Andre Ethier are under consideration for that spot.
Feb 25 - 11:40 AM

Scott Kazmir threw his second bullpen session of the spring on Friday and looked "tremendously better" according to pitching coach Rick Honeycutt.

Kazmir, who has been battling his mechanics early in the spring, showed notable improvement on Friday. He finished the 2016 season on the disabled list due to an intercostal injury, but has a secure spot in the club's starting rotation as long as he's healthy for the start of the regular season.
Feb 24 - 10:25 PM

Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder, elbow) threw 33 pitches over two innings in a simulated game on Friday without any issues.

The veteran southpaw is inching closer to game action but will probably require a couple more bullpen sessions before he's unleashed in Cactus League play. Even if he's healthy, he may face an uphill climb at a rotation spot given the overall quality and depth of the Dodgers' rotation.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 24 - 7:46 PM

Dodgers prospect Cody Bellinger will play all three outfield spots in addition to first base this spring.

Bellinger is a natural first baseman, but he's played some center and left field some the last two seasons in the minors. If the top prospect proves to be capable in the outfield, it could potentially speed up his arrival in the majors. The 21-year-old is ranked by Baseball America as the No. 7 prospect in the game.
Feb 24 - 3:18 PM

Club executives have told ESPN's Buster Olney that they don't believe Joe Blanton will sign for anything less than the $4 million he made last season.

It's certainly a reasonable ask, as Blanton has put up a 2.65 ERA and 159/42 K/BB ratio across 156 innings over the last two seasons while working almost exclusively as a reliever. He did turn 36 over the winter, but the right-hander would seem like a wise investment on a modest, one-year contract.
Feb 24 - 12:54 PM

Trayce Thompson (back) will play in simulated games this spring before being cleared for Cactus League action.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Thompson is "on track" in his recovery from a pair of stress fractures in his back, but that doesn't mean he's on the same schedule as his teammates. The outfielder had expressed previously that he wanted to get into game action by March 1, but it's unclear whether that will happen.
Feb 24 - 12:34 PM

Dodgers prospect first baseman Cody Bellinger is now represented by Scott Boras.

As Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register notes, Boras also represents fellow Dodgers youngsters Corey Seager and Julio Urias. Bellinger, 21, slugged 23 homers with an .843 OPS over 114 games in Double-A last season and is quickly emerging as one of the game's top prospects.
Feb 22 - 3:17 PM

The Dodgers aren't ready to reveal when Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder, elbow) could be ready to make his Cactus League debut.

Ryu hasn't had any issues in his recent bullpen sessions, but the Dodgers are being cautious with him after injuries have limited him to just one start over the past two seasons. His velocity still isn't back to normal, so it's possible they want to see him build some more arm strength first. "It is kind of contingent on his progress," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
Feb 22 - 1:43 PM

Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said he was very impressed with Brandon McCarthy's live batting practice session on Tuesday.

McCarthy has been throwing with full velocity since late January as he tries to fight his way back into the Dodgers' starting rotation. The 33-year-old right-hander owns a rough 5.29 ERA in 63 innings through his first two seasons with Los Angeles. He finished 2016 with a miserable relief appearance against the rival Giants in which he yielded six runs in the sixth inning while recording zero outs.
Feb 21 - 5:42 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears from scouts that Eric Gagne is still throwing in the low 90s as he attempts his comeback.

Gagne, now 41 years old and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2008, is slated to pitch for Team Canada in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. But he's hoping to parlay that into an opportunity with an MLB team. The former Cy Young Award winner has reportedly already had throwing sessions with the Padres and Diamondbacks and it appears that more are to come. His agent, Scott Leventhal, said his client would even be willing to throw on back-to-back days to allay any concerns about his durability. It's a long shot, but it would be a heck of a comeback story.
Feb 21 - 1:47 PM

Adrian Gonzalez's right elbow is now pain-free.

Gonzalez was recently shut down for two weeks due to tendinitis in his right elbow, but apparently he's already feeling a lot better. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he's still planning on playing for Mexico in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
Feb 21 - 12:03 PM

Dodgers signed OF Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year, $2.6 million contract.

The deal was reported over a week ago and has finally become official. Gutierrez, who can make an additional $400,000 through incentives, has batted .265/.339/.520 with 29 home runs over the last two seasons in a platoon role. He cranked 20 of those 29 dingers over just 329 plate appearances versus lefties and should continue to be a weapon against southpaws when healthy.
Feb 20 - 5:47 PM

Scott Kazmir threw live batting practice Monday without issue.

Kazmir finished last year with an intercostal injury, pitching 136 1/3 innings to the tune of a 4.56 ERA. The 33-year-old left-hander will be in the Dodgers' season-opening starting rotation if he makes it through camp unscathed. He's due $17.7 million in 2017.
Feb 20 - 12:04 PM


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