There are three types of Dodger fans: Those who go to some of the games and watch other games on TV; those who go to most of the games and gave up on watching games on TV long ago; and those who are willing to sit in Dodger Stadium while surrounded by rain, occasional flashes of lightning, and only a big tarp on the field.
If you belong to the third group of fans, take a bow.
Then get under a roof because … for goodness sakes, lightning!
Dodgers reliever Mike Adams was supposed to start Thursday’s Freeway Series opener against the Angels three days before the regular season begins.
Instead the Dodgers right-hander left the team and won’t report to Triple-A, according to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. Adams, 36, may be leaning toward retirement after being informed on Tuesday he wouldn’t be on the Opening Day roster. Mattingly wouldn’t confirm plans that Adams will retire.
“I would never say that for someone, but he’s going home for now,” Mattingly said. “He’s not going to report to Triple-A, at least not at this point. Anything could change. I’m a little uncomfortable talking about his career and what he would do, but for now he’s leaving spring training.”
Freddy Garcia, cut by the Braves in spring training, went on to throw 160 innings for EDA Rhinos (Taiwan) last year. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers have signed veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia to a minor-league contract.
Garcia, 38, hasn’t pitched in the majors since he appeared in 17 games (13 starts) for two teams in 2013. Garcia’s last appearance, coincidentally, came against the Dodgers for the Atlanta Braves in the 2013 National League Division Series.
Garcia spent last season in Taiwan pitching for the EDA Rhinos, the same team that once employed Manny Ramirez. Garcia’s salary with the Rhinos reportedly set a record for the league previously held by Ramirez.
Garcia’s stat line last year in Taiwan:
25 G, 25 GS, 11-9, 1 CG, 160 IP, 172 H, 20 BB, 108 K, 3.186 ERA, 1.19 WHIP