Brandon Beachy has a 3.23 earned-run average in 46 career starts, all with the Atlanta Braves from 2010-13. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers signed free agent right-handed pitcher Brandon Beachy
to a one-year contract Saturday with a club option for 2016.
To create room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers placed right-handed pitcher Chris Withrow on the 60-day disabled list.
If healthy, Beachy adds depth to a rotation that had only a spattering of major-league experience beyond the top five.
Beachy was leading the majors with a 2.00 ERA and a .171 opponents’ batting average when he tore the UCL in his right elbow in June 2012. He underwent Tommy John surgery on June 21.
Following rehab, he made five starts with the Braves in 2013 and needed a second Tommy John surgery on March 21, 2014. He missed all of last season.
Beachy is 14-11 with a 3.23 ERA in 46 career Major League starts. He’ll wear number 37 with the Dodgers.
Eighteen-year-old pitcher Julio Urias is a non-roster invitee in the Dodgers’ major league camp. Here, manager Don Mattingly discusses the expectations on the heavily hyped pitcher:
Zack Greinke received an injection in his right elbow Thursday. (Associated Press photo)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Updating our previous post, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke received something the team called a “lubricating injection” in his right elbow Thursday. He’s expected to be back on a normal routine in a few days.
“I think they wanted to have (the injection) a couple days earlier but they really wanted the doc to be here,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “We had to wait a couple days.”
Mattingly said that Greinke has received the injection each of the past two years as well, a fact the team didn’t disclose until today.
“Zack had thrown like five bullpens and it’s something he’d planned on doing,” Mattingly said.
If Greinke has had the injection before, it’s worth questioning its efficacy.
In August of last year the Dodgers delayed one of Greinke’s starts for two days because of elbow soreness; he said the injury had been bothering him for a month at the time. Greinke left Camelback Ranch midway through his first camp with the Dodgers because of inflammation in the back of his right elbow.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Pitcher Zack Greinke received a “lubricating injection” in his right elbow and is expected to be back on his normal routine soon.
Pitcher Sergio Santos, who was sent home yesterday due to illness, is back. So is third baseman Juan Uribe, who rolled into camp in a massive Hummer four days ahead of the mandatory reporting date for position players:
I caught up with pitcher Chris Withrow, who’s been here since Feb. 10 rehabbing from surgery on a herniated disk in December. Back in January at FanFest, Withrow said there was no timetable for him to resume throwing. He’s throwing now but with many restrictions: from his knees, from a short distance, and not exerting himself. “Just to get my shoulder moving,” he said.
Don Mattingly is about to address the media.
The UCLA baseball team won the 2013 College World Series.
UCLA and Vanderbilt, the two most recent College World Series champions, will play at Dodger Stadium in the College Baseball Classic on March 8.
UCLA will play USC in a game televised on the Pac-12 Network at 3:30 p.m. Vanderbilt will play TCU in the opener of the marquee doubleheader at 11:45 a.m.
Vanderbilt is ranked No. 1 in the Baseball America preseason top 25. TCU, which advanced to the 2014 College World Series, is ranked seventh. UCLA is ranked No. 11.
Here’s more information from the Dodgers’ press release:
Vin Scully is coming to Arizona to broadcast the Dodgers’ March 27 game against the San Francisco Giants. (Associated Press photo)
SportsNet LA announced Thursday that it will televise 31 of the Dodgers’ 35 spring training games.
Vin Scully will call four spring training telecasts: all three Freeway Series games, April 2-4 against the Angels, and a game against the San Francisco Giants on March 27 in Glendale, Arizona. Charley Steiner will be joined by analysts Rick Monday, Kevin Kennedy and Orel Hershiser during the other SNLA broadcasts.
Currently, four Dodgers split-squad games will not air live: March 20, 21 and 29 against the Texas Rangers, and March 6 against the Brewers. The games March 20 and 21 are to be played indoors at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The March 6 game is scheduled to air on MLB Network on a delay. This broadcast will not be blacked out by SportsNet LA, according to a spokesperson for the network.
MLB Network previously announced that it is broadcasting three Dodgers Cactus League games live: March 5 vs. the White Sox, March 11 vs. the Cubs and March 12 vs. the Padres. However, these games will be blacked out in SportsNet LA markets.
(Related: Cable merger would broaden Dodgers’ TV reach, but not all are thrilled)
Here’s more from a Dodgers press release Thursday:
The results have been tabulated: Corey Seager, Julio Urias and Joc Pederson are good at baseball.
Seager (5), Pederson (8) and Urias (10) are among the top 10 prospects in the game according to BaseballAmerica.com. Pitcher Grant Holmes, the Dodgers’ first-round pick in 2014, is 74th on BA’s list of the top 100 prospects in the game.
We’ve seen a few of these lists in recent weeks. Now it’s time to devise the master ranking. What is the consensus among the experts?
The answer, in chart form:
GLENDALE, Ariz. — For teams interested in signing 19-year-old Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada, it’s essential to ask whether they have enough money to compete with the Dodgers in a bidding war.
For the Dodgers, whose 2014 payroll was the highest in baseball history, money might not be their greatest obstacle.
More than the cost of his signing bonus — estimated in various reports to be between $30-$50 million, plus a 100 percent tax — Moncada might not appeal to the Dodgers because they would be restricted from signing cap-eligible international players to massive contracts for two years starting in July. Are the Dodgers willing to not bid more than $300,000 on cap-eligible free agents in the upcoming international signing period? What about in 2016-17?
Dodgers president Andrew Friedman called this a topic for debate “that we’ll always have.”
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis devoted time this off-season to improving his pitch-framing skills. (Karl Gehring/The Denver Post)
A.J. Ellis is bad at framing pitches.
Pitch F/X data has known this for years. People who analyze Pitch F/X data have known this for years.
Now Ellis knows this too.
A brief summary: Pitch F/X technology allows any casual fan with a computer to know how many actual strikes are called balls by the plate umpire, and how many actual balls are called strikes. Over the course of a full season, some catchers are measurably better than others at getting balls called strikes.
There are many nuances that go into receiving a pitch favorably and Ellis hasn’t mastered all of them. In 2014, BaseballProspectus.com tabulated framing data for 104 catchers. Ellis ranked 99th.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Day 1 of spring training was an uneventful one for the Dodgers. The only pitcher or catcher not in camp before noon was Joel Peralta, who is flying to Phoenix now and scheduled to take his physical this afternoon.
Several position players have reported early, including Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Corey Seager, Scott Schebler, O’Koyea Dickson and Matt Carson, a non-roster invitee.
New pitcher David Aardsma, another non-roster invitee, is wearing number 58.
Kenley Jansen is not here — no surprise, since the pitcher underwent surgery on his left foot Tuesday in Los Angeles. Unless that changes, we won’t have any news today about the biggest (and so far only) injury of camp.