Pre-Game News And Notes: Saturday, March 7, 2020

Here’s a brief look at everything Dodgers leading up to today’s game against the Rockies at Camelback.

  • Mookie Betts is still out with a stomach bug. He isn’t expected to play until Wednesday.
  • Dennis Santana has impressed this spring, not only on the mound where he’s pitched for 5.0 scoreless innings this spring but also at camp in general:

“There’s a lot of layers with Dennis,” said Roberts. “Getting called up at a young age, there’s a lot of immaturity, as expected, what it means to be a big leaguer. He’s grown up emotionally and physically. Now he’s able to finish his delivery and he has an understanding what his pitch mix looks like. There’s a high percentage of quality pitches and everything he does is with a purpose.

“Dennis is right there in the front of the conversation for our club. If you’re talking about standouts in our camp, he’s at the top of the list.”

  • Ross Stripling went for 3 innings and gave up his first run of the spring, a solo shot over the right-field fence. Stripling has pitched as a swingman through his career and is likely to continue to do so. According to Ken Gurnick:

Stripling and Tony Gonsolin appear to be the only backups being stretched out should a replacement be needed for one of the five starters — Kershaw, Walker Buehler, David Price, Julio Urías and Wood.

“He and I had a conversation in early September after he moved to the ’pen,” Friedman said. “It was a really good, open, honest conversation in that he talked about how much he personally wants to try to win 200 games – which I totally understand and respect. And he understood that from our vantage point we were just trying to optimize how to win games and trying to figure out how to balance those things.

“It was a very respectful, good, open, honest conversation. And so he brought that up.”

“I saw the headline and then we had someone actually listen to it,” Friedman said. “And he didn’t in that meeting demand anything and nor did he actually say he did in that interview.”

  • Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to throw in a minor league game on Monday.
  • Chris Taylor is back in today’s lineup after sitting out most of the week with a sore shoulder caused by a hit by pitch.
  • Joc Pederson is slated to play 5 innings in a minor league game tomorrow. It’ll be his first game of 2020 after dealing with side issues since the beginning of camp.
  • Here’s today’s starting lineup:

“It’s a slider, but I call it a cutter,” said Ferguson. “I just call it a cutter so I can keep the same intent to remember to throw it as hard as I can, not turn it into another breaking ball.”

Ferguson thinks the impact of the pitch — which he said he’s thrown more often this spring than his trademark curveball — could be two-fold, potentially giving him the extra boost to make the Dodgers’ 26-man roster and be considered a potential starting pitcher in the future, a role the former 38th-round draft pick served during most of his minor league career.
Late last season, Clayton Kershaw gave Ferguson a little of advice using the aces own experience as inspiration to add a third reliable pitch. Ferguson has used it more frequently than his curveball this spring with successful results.
  • During last night’s broadcast, Joe Davis announced that third base coach, Dino Ebel, will be mic’d up for today’s game at Camelback Ranch. This is definitely recommended viewing.

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