WBC forecast: Mostly baseball, a little rain.

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The skies are clear for today’s World Baseball Classic game between Puerto Rico and The Netherlands at Dodger Stadium.

Tomorrow’s game between the United States and Japan won’t be so dry.

Executives with MLB and the MLB Players’ Association met with the Dodger Stadium grounds crew and Earth Networks, a weather intelligence data provider Monday afternoon. A spokesperson for the league said that spotty rain is expected early tomorrow, followed by “light passing showers” until 9 o’clock. The same holds for Wednesday’s championship game.

However, the WBC organizers expect both games can be played without interruption.

“Batting practice on Wednesday is the only thing” that might be in jeopardy, the official said. If that’s the case, teams will take batting practice indoors.

It’s better than the alternative. The two semifinals and championship game are being treated like an MLB playoff series. That means if any game has to be postponed due to rain, it will be moved back a day.

For now, don’t plan on Thursday baseball.

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Injury updates: Brock Stewart, Andre Ethier.

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Brock Stewart has been shut down with fatigue in his right shoulder. (Denver Post photo)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Brock Stewart has been shut down from throwing due to shoulder fatigue, and manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that he isn’t sure when the right-hander will pick up a baseball again.

“As I understand it is not serious,” Roberts said. “He just got a little fatigued and there’s soreness in his shoulder.”
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Yimi Garcia has Tommy John surgery, 2017 season in jeopardy

Pitcher Yimi Garcia underwent Tommy John surgery October 25 in Arizona. The right-hander missed most of the 2016 season due to injuries, and might miss all of 2017 if he needs the typical 12 to 18 months to recover.

Garcia made nine appearances  last season and finished with a 3.24 ERA after compiling a 3.34 ERA in 59 appearances in 2015.

Garcia, 26, did not pitch  for the Dodgers after experiencing numbness in his right biceps on April 22 in Colorado.

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Report: The Dodgers are the world’s eighth most ‘tech savvy’ sports franchise.

The website SportTechie.com today released its list of the 25 most tech-savvy sports franchises in the world. The Dodgers rank eighth, behind only the Atlanta Braves among MLB teams.

From senior writer Mark J. Burns:
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