Dustin McGowan had a 6.75 ERA in spring training. (Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers officially released right-handed reliever Dustin McGowan
on the final day of camp, helping to clarify their cluttered bullpen.
McGowan had already been informed that he wasn’t going to be on the club’s Opening Day roster. He signed a one-year contract early in camp and was due a retention bonus if the Dodgers decided to keep him on the roster into the regular season.
Clayton Kershaw, Yordano Ventura and … Whit Merrifield?
Some interesting lineup cards today as the Dodgers and Royals meet in the Cactus League finale for both teams. To the victor goes second place in the Cactus League standings. To the loser, third place.
Really, everyone wins. We all get to go home once the game is over.
Zack Greinke is starting a minor-league game at Camelback Ranch that begins at 10 a.m.
Here are the lineups for the 12 p.m. game at Surprise Stadium:
The least important thing the Dodgers did today was lose a baseball game.
They did play, and they did lose, so we’re obligated to report that the score was 2-1 in favor of the Chicago White Sox. Chris Heisey hit a home run. In fact, Heisey has a hit in three of his last four games — homer, double, single. That would seem more impressive if his streak was not preceded by an 0-for-14 stretch. Heisey is batting .111 in Cactus League play; he talked about his slow start here.
Today’s highlight came in the second inning when Andre Ethier was hit by a pitch on his right elbow. Check it out:
Joe Wieland has appeared in four Cactus League games for the Dodgers and has allowed only two runs (one earned) in nine innings. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers get to play the Chicago White Sox a lot in March because they share the same training facility. Then, the teams never play each other again the rest of the year. It’s a strange rite of spring.
So, try to enjoy this last White Sox-Dodgers tilt. Joe Wieland starts for the Dodgers; it could be an important one as the Dodgers determine who will replace Hyun-Jin Ryu when his turn comes up in the rotation in April.
Here are the lineups for both teams:
Clayton Kershaw pauses before throwing the final pitch of his no-hitter June 18, 2014 at Dodger Stadium. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
I asked Vin Scully about Clayton Kershaw during our interview Friday. His answer didn’t fit neatly into my story, so I’m posting his quote here: