GLENDALE, Ariz. — Some odds and ends from this morning’s media scrum with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, plus the lineups for today’s 12 p.m. (PT) game against the Texas Rangers in Surprise:
- Hyun-Jin Ryu is going to throw off a mound soon, but Dave Roberts doesn’t know exactly when. “We just want this thing to subside, the soreness that he has,” Roberts said. There’s still no official timetable for his return, but Ryu’s prediction of May isn’t off the table. The left-hander is working back slowly from the shoulder surgery that wiped out his entire 2015 season.
- Kenta Maeda will make his Dodgers debut Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Camelback Ranch.
- Zach Lee will start Sunday against the San Francisco Giants in Brett Anderson‘s place. He’ll throw two innings. Ross Stripling is expected to be the first pitcher out of the bullpen and throw two innings after Lee.
- Left-hander Alex Wood starts Monday against the Cleveland Indians at Camelback Ranch, followed by right-hander Brandon Beachy.
- First baseman Adrian Gonzalez wanted to play today, but Roberts decided to let Gonzalez make his Cactus League debut at home Saturday. Gonzalez has been bothered lately by a treatable nerve issue in his neck. “As you come back from his neck, to go through a day, then drive 30 minutes and have an hour and a half off before you crank it up to play in a game … I’d rather err on the side of caution,” Roberts said.
- The player perhaps most affected by the change is Trayce Thompson, who’s now penciled in to play right field against the Rangers while Scott Van Slyke starts at first base. Thompson started in center field Thursday.
- Roberts said the club views Jharel Cotton as a starter for now, so he’s scheduled to throw two innings today after Scott Kazmir and Mike Bolsinger. Jacob Rhame, Pedro Baez, Louis Coleman and Logan Bawcom are the other pitchers listed on the Dodgers’ travel roster.
- Beachy and Van Slyke knocked off the team of Jamey Wright and Yasmani Grandal in the clubhouse ping pong tournament. The Elite 8 has been set.
- Special instructor/broadcaster Manny Mota usually rides a tricycle around the Dodgers’ camp, but today it is a bicycle. One of the tires went flat. Mota, 78, was spotted doing his own tire repair.
- Here are the lineups for both teams: