GLENDALE, Ariz. — The results, as told by a radar gun and his line score, were not kind to Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir on Monday.
That’s part of the reason why Kazmir chose not to pitch in a Cactus League game, where innings get long and fans groan and unflattering radar-gun readings tend to light up Twitter. Instead, the 32-year-old left-hander threw to Yasmani Grandal in a “B game” on the back fields at Camelback Ranch against the Chicago White Sox.
The game was limited to five innings. Each half-inning was limited to four hitters maximum. There were umpires on the field and coaches, executives and minor-league teammates watching from outside the park. There was also no cost of admission, making the mini-matchup between Kazmir and Chris Sale an unqualified bargain. Kazmir faced mostly minor-league hitters, so the results-may-not-be-not-typical disclaimer applies here.
Now, about those results.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu threw 20 fastballs off a mound today, a small but noteworthy step forward in his shoulder rehab program.
“It was very good,” Ryu said through an interpreter. “It wasn’t all about the speed. It was more about location and how I felt.”
Ryu, who missed all of last season because of shoulder labrum surgery, had been limited to throwing from flat ground the last couple weeks. The left-hander still believes he can return to game action by May.
Why only fastballs Monday? Ryu said that his changeup and curveball don’t cause him any shoulder pain, but the 20-fastball session was simply the next step in his progression. His next date off a mound is to be determined.
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.
Yasmani Grandal will catch left-hander Scott Kazmir in a “B” game tomorrow, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters Sunday at Camelback Ranch,.
“He just wants to get on the other side and just work on some stuff over there,” Roberts said.
Kazmir has made two Cactus League starts and allowed 12 hits and seven runs in 3 ⅔ innings.
The Dodgers’ starter for tomorrow’s game against the Brewers is officially listed as “TBD” in the game notes. Mike Bolsinger is lined up to start on regular rest if needed, making him the most likely candidate.
Update (4:21 p.m.): Roberts confirmed that Bolsinger will start.
H/t to Dodger Talk co-host Tony Gwynn Jr. for the video/audio from Roberts’ morning scrum:
Corey Seager sprained his left knee rounding first base in the Dodgers’ 8-4 loss to the Angels on Friday night. (Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers avoided a nightmare scenario when an MRI on rookie shortstop Corey Seager‘s left knee revealed only a mild strain. Seager cannot participate in baseball activities for 1-2 weeks.