Jimmy Nelson’s Back Opts Out Plus More News And Notes From Monday’s Camp

Dodgers started the second week of Summer Camp with the pitching staff taking another ding. It was also the second day of many intrasquad games leading up to actual exhibition games versus other teams. Here’s the who and when of those games along with other Dodger news from Monday.

  • Reports of inconsistent and faulty COVID-19 testing procedures fueled the news Monday morning in the baseball world with some teams temporarily halting camp and players like Kris Bryant and Mookie Betts expressing a lack of confidence in the system. In a Zoom press conference, Betts indicated feeling some apprehension toward a season completion due to deficient testing practices. For what it’s worth, Jorge Castillo of The L.A. Times reported the Dodgers haven’t had any issues related to testing procedures or the logistics of processing tests according to his sources but added a caveat noting he should’ve concluded with “yet” to his original report.  The league and MLBPA eventually responded to reported issues with a statement explaining the specific issues and how they’ll resolve them.

  • The Dodgers announced Jimmy Nelson would be undergoing season ending surgery on his lower lumbar (back). Nelson signed in the off-season to a one year deal that included a club option for 2021. He never got a chance to throw off a mound in any exhibition games for the Dodgers.
  • The MLB regular season schedules were released today.

A couple of notable dates:

  1. The Dodgers open their season Thursday, July 23rd, at 7:08 pm hosting the San Francisco Giants, which will air on ESPN.
  2. After the Dodgers opening four game series against their northern rivals, they’ll fly to Houston for a World Series rematch against the Astros. They meet the Astros for another two game series, September 12th, and 13th.

The league provided a news release with details of the shortened season and its format.

  • Dave Roberts revealed shortstop Gavin Lux and relief pitcher Pedro Baez have not shown up to camp. They join a group of other no-shows for undisclosed reasons. Doc says he expects them to show up to camp eventually.
  • The Dodgers added right handed pitchers AJ Ramos and Clayton Beeter to the 60 man pool. Ramos is a former all-star closer signed to a minor league deal by the Dodgers. Clayton Beeter was the 66th overall pick in this year’s draft and was inked on Sunday for $1,196,500.
  • Dustin May threw for three innings on Sunday and is expected to be ready to throw five innings by the start of the season.
  • The Dodgers played their second intrasquad game of Summer Camp with Ross Stripling going up against Clayton Kershaw. It was played out during the evening around the time Access Sportsnet is televised which allowed them to provide live look-ins into the games.

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