Los Angeles Dodgers baseball is back. (Mostly)
Pitchers and catchers reported to Camelback Ranch on Tuesday and they were joined by a few others that were eager to get back onto the field.
Alanna Rizzo provided some great footage of players coming into the facility and some hitters getting some BP in:
Here are the news and notes from Day 1:
Clayton Kershaw Named Opening Day Starter
Matt Kemp is Still a Dodger
There was a lot from Kemp on Day 1 so here’s a summary courtesy of SportsNet LA:
Also, Kemp cleared the air on his “baseball town” comments from 2016.
Kershaw speaks on Yu Darvish, World Series Loss
After caping for Darvish’s return in the offseason, Kershaw spoke on the right-hander’s decision to join the Chicago Cubs via Andy McCullough of the LA Times:
It was clear Kershaw wanted Darvish back and he’s definitely right in feeling upset that he went to a direct competitor for NL supremacy.
The Dodgers’ ace also tried to express his feelings on coming one game short of a title:
If you though Kershaw was focused before, let’s see this season.
Andrew Toles Taking His Time
This could remedy the left field situation for a bit if Toles needs to take it slow and start the year in the minors. With Joc Pederson, Kiké Hernandez, possibly Matt Kemp and others fighting for time, Toles can take his time and make sure he’s fully recovered before returning.
Chase Utley Back
Dodgers Sign Brian Schlitter to Minor-League Deal
Schlitter has pitched for the Cubs in three different seasons (2010, 2014-2015), racking up a 5.40 ERA, 4.26 FIP and 1.909 WHIP in 78 games (71.2 innings). It’s more a depth/flyer move.