J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, 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.
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.
This was cute: A Japanese television show this week staged a stunt in which Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda dressed up as an old man and pitched to a youth baseball team. This video is worth your time if only to see Maeda in costume. He pulls it off pretty well.
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.