Pre-Game News And Notes: March 2, 2020

Here’s a brief look at everything Dodgers before the game against the Reds today.

  • Joc Pederson swung a bat again on Sunday and felt encouraged afterward. He says his right hip has recovered well and will take swings in a batting cage. The plan is for him to play, possibly in a minor league game, sometime in the next couple of weeks.
  • Kenley Jansen has been tinkering with different grips to his slider during spring training, getting tips from Orel Hershiser and Rick Honeycutt. He used it in the game against the Rangers, most notably when striking out catcher Jeff Mathis on a 3-2 count. According to Dodger Insider, Jansen worked on perfecting his cutter and two-seam fastball for most of the off-season. He also visited Driveline and received a complete data-driven evaluation of his delivery.
  • Julio Urias will make his 2020 debut today. He’s come into camp having lost weight he gained last year after sitting out recovering from his shoulder injury and missing time due to the suspension he received for a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. The goal is for him to maintain a starting role all through the season, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
  • In a piece by Joel Sherman of the New York Post, he stated the MLB assured the Dodgers needn’t worry about the status of Mookie Betts and David Price in Red Sox investigation.

The findings of the investigation will be disclosed before the beginning of the regular season.

  • Blake Treinen faced 5 batters in his live batting practice on Saturday. According to Michael J Duarte of NBC LA, he’ll take a few days off before facing live hitters again. Doc mentioned there’s no need to rush him into a game, setting a timetable of around two weeks. He also had this to say about Treinen’s repertoire:

“The stuff is electric. The sinker plays, the slider, and he can run the four-seamer at 97 MPH to change eye level, too. Right now, he’s 100 percent healthy and feeling really good.”

Doc also added what they’ve been mostly focusing on with him during spring training:

“Last year, talking to him, our guys seeing some things were out of whack with his mechanics, which led to the inconsistencies. This year, we kind of dialed those back in.”

  • Alex Wood will pitch in his first game, on the minor league side, this Wednesday afternoon.
  • Clayton Kershaw is expected to make his 2nd Cactus League start Wednesday night against the Giants.
  • David Price is expected to make his spring training and Dodgers debut today starting against the Reds. The expectation is for him to go 2 innings. He’ll be followed by Julio Urias, who’s also making his spring debut, and Josiah Gray, who’ll be making his second Cactus League appearance.
  • Cody Bellinger was scratched from today’s game with side soreness. Dave Roberts says it’s a minor issue and that Cody insisted he wanted to play. Doc also insisted that it nothing to do with him participating in a golf event the night before and he should be back in a game within a week.
  • Jimmy Nelson started throwing a ball (not off a mound) again. Doc believes, due to dealing with injuries since camp broke, Nelson will likely start the season in the bullpen, building up his innings as the season goes on.

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