About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

Dodgers spring training 2015: More on Juan Nicasio after a 6-4 loss.

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Chris Heisey, Justin Turner and Joc Pederson are silhouetted in a tunnel leading to Camelback Ranch on Wednesday. (Associated Press photo)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Juan Nicasio had a bad day Wednesday, giving up four hits and three runs in his only inning of work against the White Sox. He knows it. For purposes of timing this was an unfortunate headline on today’s notebook, though not necessarily inaccurate.

Really, the headline is this: The Rockies were talking internally about giving Nicasio a chance to close games at some point before trading him to the Dodgers. In case you’re wondering whether I’m talking about the same Rockies that led the National League in blown saves last season — yes, those Rockies. Those Rockies, and these Dodgers, can agree that Nicasio is back-end-of-the-bullpen material. Strong enough that he’s not out of the April closer conversation yet, though a few more games like Wednesday’s could change the conversation.

Here’s more of what Rockies manager Walt Weiss and general manager Jeff Bridich had to say about Nicasio during our recent interviews:
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Yasiel Puig returns to the Dodgers’ lineup Thursday; A.J. Ellis will catch Clayton Kershaw.

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The lineup for Thursday’s game against the Chicago White Sox was posted in the Dodgers’ clubhouse after the morning workout:

Joc Pederson CF
Darwin Barney SS
Yasiel Puig RF
Scott Van Slyke LF
Justin Turner 3B
A.J. Ellis C
Kiké Hernandez 2B
Chris Heisey DH
Matt Carson LF
(Clayton Kershaw P)

Additionally, the Dodgers will call up minor league outfielders James Baldwin, Joey Curletta and infielder Luis Mateo.

No word yet from the White Sox side.

Friday starters set: Zach Lee at home, David Huff on the road.

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Zach Lee will make his Cactus League debut Friday against the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch. (Associated Press photo)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Right-hander Zach Lee will make his Cactus League debut against the Milwaukee Brewers in Maryvale, while left-hander David Huff will start the Dodgers’ other split-squad game at home against the Seattle Mariners, manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday.

Both games begin at noon Pacific Time.

Uber-prospect Julio Urias is scheduled to pitch in relief of Huff at Camelback Ranch, though Mattingly said Wednesday “that could be changed.” Mattingly will manage the game at Camelback Ranch.

Mattingly said tentatively that Brandon McCarthy will start Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear.

For now, the Dodgers starters will get only “four innings, a couple at-bats.” So if you’re coming to any of these games and want to watch someone whose name you’ll recognize, arrive early.