Walker Buehler Will Be Ready By The Start Of The Season Plus More From Training Camp

Summer Camp is just about wrapped up with tonight featuring the last of training camp scrimmages. Here is what you might have missed leading up to today.

  • Team Kiké finished the sweep of Team Turner Thursday night with a 6-1 win. The stakes of the two-game intrasquad tournament were steaks, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. Kenley Jansen closed out both games, so he should get first dibs on the best cuts.
  • Dave Roberts said Tony Gonsolin has thrown some bullpen sessions during Summer Camp, and will throw against live hitters this Saturday. Doc said he sees Gonsolin as more of a starting pitcher but values his versatility as a swingman. Since the rosters aren’t set yet, there’s a slim chance he may end up in the starting rotation, but he’s more likely to be in the active roster pool of relievers to start the season. Gonsolin reported late to training camp for unspecified reasons and hasn’t taken the mound in any of the intrasquad scrimmages.
  • Pitcher Walker Buehler has continued to slowly progress through training camp in preparation for the season. Roberts said they’re being “really careful in building him up.” Walker will pitch two innings in Friday’s intrasquad game, according to Roberts. It’s the last scrimmage before the three exhibition games taking place early next week. Doc said he “fully expects” Buehler to be ready by Opening Day.
  • Roberts said the team will continue to simulate extra inning situations where a runner begins the inning at 2nd base. This new rule has been in effect in the minor leagues since 2018 and has produced results the league finds desirable.
  • Utility player Chris Taylor said the intrasquad games have been as intense – if not more so – than the typical exhibition games during Spring Training.
  • Terrance Gore was seen in uniform wearing the number 27 at Dodger Stadium, according to Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register. Gore is known as a speedy outfielder, but is more likely to be used as a pinch-running option. With the active rosters expanded to 30 players to start the season, adding Gore is a luxury the team can afford.
  • Pitcher AJ Ramos came on in relief during Thursday’s scrimmage game. It’s the first game action he’s seen against major league team in over two years. Ramos was added to the 60-man pool after the Dodgers signed him to a minor league deal 10 days ago.
  • Infielder Gavin Lux, who missed a good portion of Summer Camp for undisclosed reasons, said he will miss studying in-game video, but will adapt to the new rules in place. During the recent hiatus, he worked out in Wisconsin with other baseball players to stay prepared for the season to resume.
  • The Dodgers released infielder Tyler White on Tuesday. The next day, it was reported that he signed a deal with a team in the Korean Baseball League (KBO). He was with the Dodgers during Spring Training camp, but was never included in the player pool for Summer Camp. White was acquired from the Houston Astros a few days before the trade deadline last year. He logged only 12 games in a Dodger uniform, slashing .045/.192/.045 in 26 plate appearances.
  • A group of Dodger players took part in a video supporting social justice and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The t-shirts they wore in the video can be purchased here. Proceeds will go to support the organizations listed below:

Organizations supported by California Funders for Boys & Men of Color Southern California: Our Kids, Our Future Fund:
• Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network
• Anti-Recidivism Coalition
• Brotherhood Crusade
• Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition
• Children’s Defense Fund-CA
• Community Coalition
• InnerCity Struggle
• Khmer Girls in Action
• LA Youth Uprising Coalition
• LeadersUp
• Social Justice Learning Institute
• Urban Peace Institute
• Youth Justice Coalition

Organizations supported by One Family LA:
• Para Los Niños
• Green Dot Public Schools
• Communities in Schools
• KIPP Schools
• Camino Nuevo Charter Academy
• City Year LA
• Los Angeles Urban League
• LA Promise Fund

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