MESA, Ariz. — Josh Beckett is expected to throw roughly four innings and 65 pitches today against the Chicago Cubs, in what’s expected to be a showcase of his fastball and changeup.
Beckett has been dealing with a finger blister for some time that affects him more when he throws curveballs. There’s a decent chance Beckett would have devoted today to curveballs if he were at full health; he focused his first spring start on the changeup and his second on the fastball.
Yasiel Puig, has been batting leadoff quite a bit in the Cactus League season. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly touted Puig’s virtues at the leadoff slot again this morning, saying “the thought process is who do you want to get the extra at-bat. He hasn’t shown that he can drive in runs yet and we’ve got guys who can do that.” Today might be an audition of sorts for Puig in the number-three slot. Dee Gordon is batting leadoff.
Minor league position players suiting up today include IF Brendan Harris (#35), C Chris O’Brien (#70), RHP Steve Edlefsen (#83), IF Darnell Sweeney (#84), RHP Justin Souza (#87), OF Jon Garcia (#88), OF Trayvon Robinson (#89), IF Corey Seager (#90), C Jose Capellan (#91), IF O’Koyea Dickson(#95), IF Jamie Romak (#96), RHP Romulo Sanchez (#97).
Here are the starting lineups for both teams for the 1 p.m. game:
Kyle Hendricks RHP