Sandy Koufax watches Julio Urias in the bullpen today (photo).

Julio Urias Sandy Koufax
Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias posted this photo to his Instagram account Thursday, along with the caption:

“Que personaje de los mejores zurdos en el negocio Mr. Sandy koufax.. bendecido por mi dios #teamwey”. Roughly translated: “The VIP from the best left-hander in the business Mr. Sandy Koufax … blessed by my God #teamway”

Report: Matt Kemp says the Padres have the best outfield in baseball.

Matt Kemp

Former Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp believes he’s part of the best outfield in baseball in San Diego. (Associated Press)

Is Matt Kemp trolling the Dodgers, or just being himself? Or both?

Kemp told MLB.com that the Padres have the best outfield in baseball: “You can write it down — and print it.”

Writes Lyle Spencer:

Judging by the clubhouse crowd gathered around him, with animated conversation flowing around the comparative talents of NBA superstars Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Stephen Curry and LeBron James, Kemp has swiftly won over his new teammates with his vibrant personality.

This is not the Matt Kemp often seen alone with his thoughts the past few years at Dodger Stadium, frustrated by multiple injuries and a shifting role in the midst of an array of outfielders.

This Kemp is fully engaged, eyes alive, sparkling. The best player in the game in 2011, finally healthy and coming off a huge second half last season, he is eager to get started with turning the remodeled Padres into a force in the National League.

Five more Dodgers spring training games won’t be blacked out in Southern California.

The Angels released their complete spring training television schedule on Thursday. The good news for Dodgers fans: Their five head-to-head games against the Dodgers (March 19, March 28 and April 2-4) will not be blacked out in SportsNet LA markets.

The April 4 game is on KCOP, the April 2 game is on Prime Ticket, and the other three are on Fox Sports West.

Other than a tape-delayed March 6 game against the Milwaukee Brewers on MLB Network, these are the only spring training games available on TV to non-Time Warner Cable subscribers. Currently, SportsNet LA is only available to Time Warner subscribers in Southern California.

Chad Gaudin signs minor-league deal with Dodgers after missing all of 2014.

Chad Gaudin

Chad Gaudin went 5-2 with a 3.06 earned-run average for the San Francisco Giants in 2013. He did not pitch last season. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers signed veteran pitcher Chad Gaudin to a minor-league contract Wednesday with an invitation to major-league camp.

Gaudin, 31, has pitched for nine teams since breaking in with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2003. That doesn’t include a brief look in the Philadelphia Philies’ camp last season, which ended when he failed his physical.

Continue reading

Dodgers’ Zack Greinke throws his first bullpen of spring training.

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke thinks he’s “three or four days behind some guys” in spring training. (Associated Press photo)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke threw a 24-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, his first of the spring. It was Greinke’s first time off a mound since he received a lubricating injection in his right elbow last week.

Greinke said he threw all fastballs at a typical effort for a bullpen at this time of year — that is, submaximal.

Greinke declined to comment on the effect of the injection, but manager Don Mattingly said that Greinke has had the injection at the beginning of every camp with the Dodgers. He appears to be on track with a normal spring training.

“I think I’m going to be three or four days behind some guys,” Greinke said. “I’m not trying to push it.”

Greinke might not have enough arm strength built up to throw live batting practice to hitters. That could begin by the end of the week, once position players have reported to camp. But again, this is all normal for him.

At least there is no regular-season game in Sydney to prepare for, an idea Greinke did not personally endorse last year.

“I think that caused some trouble with a lot of pitchers, having to get ready extra fast,” Greinke said. “It just was a weird situation last year.”

Dodgers ‘player meetings’ are tomorrow.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers coaches and executives have already met to discuss the long list of pitchers and catchers in camp this year. Tomorrow, they will discuss position players.

What’s that about?

“Every spring you go over guys in camp,” manager Don Mattingly said. “There’ll be kids here we don’t know from other organizations. We get to talk about them a little bit. There’s younger guys that are in camp from Double-A, whatever, that we haven’t seen a lot. Player development people can help you get a sense for this kid, that kid. It’s just all information as far as where we’re going, what’s the plan, just so everybody has a familiarity with everyone as we get into camp.”

Mattingly reiterated that he expects all players to report on time Wednesday. If someone is injured or delayed for any reason, he’ll find out for sure in the meeting.

Dodgers’ Andre Ethier reports to camp, ‘clears the air’ with management.

Andre Ethier

Andre Ethier was used primarily off the bench in the second half of 2014. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — When the Dodgers acquired catcher Yasmani Grandal at the Winter Meetings in December, president Andrew Friedman called A.J. Ellis to discuss the move before word of the trade got to the media. Friedman didn’t have to make the call. Ellis, who’s been the starting catcher here the last three years, appreciated the courtesy.

Andre Ethier did not get such a courtesy call this winter.

Ethier has played 1,275 games in a Dodgers uniform the past nine seasons. The Dodgers owe him at least another $56 million guaranteed over the next three years. Yet Ethier enters camp embroiled in a competition for the starting center fielder’s job with top prospect Joc Pederson and Chris Heisey, whom the Dodgers acquired this winter.

Ethier, who turns 33 in April, still believes he has an opportunity to be an everyday player here this season.

Continue reading

Dodgers add Dustin McGowan to bullpen on one-year deal. Updates w/contract details.

Dustin McGowan

Dustin McGowan, 32, has a 25-27 record and a 4.57 ERA over parts of seven major-league seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers signed veteran right-hander Dustin McGowan to a one-year contract Monday, throwing another power arm into their unsettled bullpen hierarchy. Continue reading

And Julio Urias’ 2015 innings limit will be …


PHOENIX, Ariz. — Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said that the front office will meet this spring to discuss Julio Urias’ 2015 workload.

The 18-year-old pitcher threw 87 ⅔ innings at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga last year.

“It’s just going to be using his total innings last year as a foundation and then building off that — not just regular season but even camp,” Zaidi said. “In general, you don’t want a guy’s innings to jump by more than 20 to 50 innings.”

So, somewhere between 107 ⅔ and 137 ⅔ innings then, right?
Continue reading

Six days after surgery, Kenley Jansen reports to Dodgers’ spring training camp.

Kenley Jansen

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is expected to miss up to the first month of the regular season following foot surgery last Tuesday. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Kenley Jansen arrived in camp Monday, using crutches to walk six days after his procedure in Los Angeles.

The pitcher didn’t need much convincing to get the surgery done after an x-ray revealed a growth in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot.

“We’ve just got to see what’s good for you and your career and for the season, (if playing through an injury is) going to hurt the team,” he said. “I’d rather have it moving 100 percent so I can be ready for the season.”

Jansen said he first noticed pain in the affected area last year “if I paid attention sometimes, but not as much.

“If I had to pay attention on it, it was more this year,” he said. “In January the trainers checked it out to see what it is. That’s what I did. I did the right decision, I feel like.”

In five days Jansen will be off crutches and into a protective boot. He’s been cleared to begin upper-body workouts.