When do Winter League seasons begin in Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic?

I talked to Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson yesterday about possibly playing in one of the various Caribbean Winter Leagues. His season is effectively over, so I figured he might want to get some work in this off-season before spring training.

Thompson wouldn’t rule out going if the team asked him to, but he wasn’t sure if he would have the time following his recovery. I wasn’t sure either, since I couldn’t find the schedules anywhere online.

Courtesy of MLB, here they are:
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Game 150: Dodgers’ bench clears twice in comeback victory over San Francisco Giants.


The Dodgers’ bench emptied hurriedly twice on Monday: once to confront Madison Bumgarner after he yelled at Yasiel Puig, and again to celebrate Adrian Gonzalez‘s walk-off double in a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Alex Wood‘s return to the Dodgers is on hold.

Read up on how to watch and listen to Vin Scully during his final week on the job at Dodger Stadium.

Here’s what they were saying after the game:

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Alex Wood won’t be activated tonight after all.

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Alex Wood posted a 3.99 ERA in 10 starts for the Dodgers this season. He hasn’t pitched since May because of an elbow injury. (Associated Press photo)

In recent days, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said pitcher Alex Wood was on track to be activated from the disabled list today. Wood said himself that would be the case just this afternoon.

Then, a few minutes later, when Roberts addressed reporters in the third-base dugout, he dropped a surprise by saying Wood will be activated tomorrow instead.

“We decided to wait another day,” Roberts said. “He’ll be activated tomorrow. We have to make, obviously, a roster move, and we haven’t decided which direction we’re going to go.”

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Trayce Thompson’s season is over, effectively if not officially.

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Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson, center, hit 13 home runs in 80 games in his first season in Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson hasn’t been told that his season is over. Yet every time he meets with a doctor to discuss his recovery from fractures in his back, he feels it.

“They pretty much have said it without saying it, you know?” Thompson said Monday. “They talk about next year and the timetable, stuff like that. They know how bad I want to play. They know how frustrating it is to have to watch. It’s kind of looking that way.”

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Micah Johnson will be activated for tonight’s game against the San Francisco Giants.

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Micah Johnson Micah Johnson went 15 for 40 (.375) with eight steals in nine attempts during the Oklahoma City Dodgers’ playoff run. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers will activate second baseman/outfielder Micah Johnson for tonight’s game against the San Francisco Giants, bringing the number of players on their active roster to 36.

Johnson had a productive postseason at the plate and on the bases for Triple-A Oklahoma City. In nine Pacific Coast League playoff games, he batted .375 (15 for 40), scored 10 runs, and went 8 for 9 in stolen base attempts. The 25-year-old slashed .261/.321/.356 in the regular season at Triple-A. He appeared in two major league games in his first season as a Dodger, going 0 for 3.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts talked about using Johnson “off the bench for a speed guy that can steal a base, maybe a bat off the bench.”

Johnson saw time at second base, center field, left field and third base (in that order) at Triple-A.

Roberts made no mention of infielder Chris Taylor, the only other player on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster who isn’t with the team. Pitchers Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir and Brett Anderson are on the 15-day disabled list and therefore inactive.

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