GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will have eight fewer names to remember when he greets his clubhouse tomorrow.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers are playing two games today. One is a regularly-scheduled Cactus League game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Camelback Ranch (lineup on the left). The other is a “B” game against the Chicago White Sox (lineup on the right). You might have heard of Chicago’s starting pitcher, a left-hander named Chris Sale:
You have just as good a chance of catching the “B” game on TV as the “A” game.
Dodgers pitcher Frankie Montas will miss the next 2 to 4 months after undergoing a procedure Friday to remove his right first rib.
Montas was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in December in the three-team trade that sent Scott Schebler and Jose Peraza to Cincinnati. The 22-year-old right-hander was expected to begin the season in the starting rotation at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 19 in Glendale, Arizona. A two-month timetable would allow Montas to return during the second week of the major league regular season.
A Dodgers spokesperson said that Montas first noticed discomfort in his ribcage during an off-season workout. The procedure was performed by Dr. Greg Pearl in Dallas, Texas — the same surgeon who performed thoracic outlet surgery on Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett in 2013.
Montas made his major league debut with the White Sox in 2015 and appeared in seven games, starting two.
In Keith Law’s annual (subscribers-only) ranking of every organization’s farm system, the ESPN.com analyst and former Toronto Blue Jays executive ranked the Dodgers’ system second in baseball.
The Dodgers were seventh in Law’s rankings a year ago. His explanation for the surge:
You can say that they bought this farm-system ranking, and you’d be right, and I don’t think they’d particularly care. However, that doesn’t do justice to the successful draft picks in 2013 and 2014 that line their top 10 around the various high-dollar Cuban signings (and that one Mexican lefty named Urias).